Spectator gored to death in Spain bull run

“After poking her head through the bars she received a fatal blow to the head from a bull at the back of the herd,” said a statement by the town hall of Arganda del Rey near Madrid.
The beast’s horn pierced the neck of 48-year-old Maria del Carmen Lopez del Burgo and she died shortly afterwards, an emergency worker at the scene told RNE public radio.

The town hall said it would hold a minute’s silence for the victim and expressed its condolences to her family and loved ones. But it said the town festival would not be suspended.

Only on Monday, a bull gored a 41-year-old bricklayer and killed him, lancing the man’s lung and a major artery during a bull run in the central Spanish town of Villaseca de la Sagra.
Towns across Spain hold festivals in which crowds of people run ahead a pack of bulls, which thunder through the streets towards the bull ring for a fight.

In the most famous bull run in Pamplona in July, 37 people including 11 foreigners were injured this year. Since 2000 at least 36 people have been gored to death in bull runs in Spain, according to the media.

Professional bullfighters also face the risk of serious injury or death. A half-tonne bull jabbed one of its horns into the throat and out of the mouth of top Spanish matador Julio Aparicio on May 21.

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