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Bulls Gore American Man in Spanish Run

July 13, 2003

MADRID, Spain (AP) _ Bulls gored an American man and trampled at least seven people during a crowded bull run on the second-to-last day of Spain’s San Fermin festival in Pamplona on Sunday.

Victor Lombardi, 40, of Seattle, Wash., was gored in the right arm, according to officials at the hospital where he was treated.

Seven other people were hospitalized with injuries from trampling during the run before six bulls, the heaviest of which weighed 1,500 pounds, according to Efe, Spain’s national news agency. Dozens of other people sustained scrapes and bruises.

Thousands of runners _ including matadors Juan Jose Padilla and Estefan Fernandez Meca, who will fight the bulls in Pamplona’s bullring Sunday evening _ packed Pamplona’s old quarter for the run.

The heavy beasts slipped and fell frequently on the cobblestones, which were still slick from the morning’s street cleaning. They repeatedly trampled over piles of people who had fallen in the street.

The bulls were from the Miura ranch, famed for breeding massive, muscle-bound animals which nonetheless serve up fast, smooth runs. The run was over in three minutes, but the large crowds running in the festival’s closing weekend caught the unwanted attention of the bulls.

At one point, two bulls stopped and prodded a man who had fallen in the street, before continuing down the road. The man did not appear seriously hurt.

Four bulls barreled into a wall at a sharp corner of the run, briefly trapping two runners who managed a narrow escape.

A large guiding steer trampled a pileup of people at the entrance to the bullring.

The bulls separated toward the end of the run. The last bull loitered a minute behind the others, running slowly and surrounded by a sea of runners, which it did not attack.

The centuries-old festival reached international fame following the 1926 publication of Ernest Hemingway’s novel ``The Sun Also Rises.″

Overcrowding has made runs extremely dangerous in recent years, and emergency workers receive special training to treat bull-induced injuries. Since record-keeping began in 1924, 13 people have been killed at the San Fermin festival. The last fatality was a 22-year-old American, gored to death in 1995.

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