WARNING SHOCKING PICTURES AND VIDEO: Shocked viewers watched as the bull in Castellon, eastern Spain, tossed the man into the air with his horns before throwing his mangled body to the ground
A 55-year-old man becomes the first person to be fatally impaled by a bull at an annual Spanish festival since the Covid pandemic began.
The animal was filmed lifting it in the air by the end of its horns and dropping it on the floor as shocked spectators sought refuge in a shop door a few meters away.
Other night owls tried to lure the bull away so that he would not attack the injured man, who was lying unconscious on the ground, again.
He was hospitalized but pronounced dead shortly afterwards after bleeding blood from a bloody wound in his left thigh near his groin, which pierced his femoral artery.
City hall officials in Onda, in the eastern Spanish province of Castellon, where the incident took place, announced that they would suspend the rest of the night’s events when they learned he had lost his life.
The dead man, who came from the nearby town of La Vall d’Uixo, has not yet been named.
Recordings of the horror moment showed him standing still in front of the bull as he charged him.
The man, wearing a white baseball cap, red top, and black pants, was turned in the air by the animal and crashed his head and back on the sidewalk.
He received emergency medical attention on site by a doctor before being taken by ambulance to the Hospital de la Plana in nearby Villarreal, where he was pronounced dead.
A commentator on a local TV station who presumably broadcast the incident live was heard saying, “We did a pretty strong somersault here. Let’s hope it’s not serious, but it looks like he’s lying motionless. “
The incident occurred during the Fira de Onda, an annual festival of cops being released on the streets, which the regional government calls an “excuse to celebrate” on its website.
The central part of the celebrations is the bull run, during which the night owls race through the streets like at the famous San Fermines event in Pamplona in northern Spain.
The Fira de Onda festival was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The deadly bull eater this afternoon has been described as the first of its kind at a Spanish animal festival since the health crisis began.
Onda City Hall confirmed in a statement following the incident: “Due to the death of a man this afternoon and as a token of respect and condolences, the rest of the planned nightly events have been suspended.
The Fira de Onda takes place in the last week of October when Onda celebrates its patron saint.
A religious procession and the bull events are the main draws.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, several night owls were stabbed to death at Spanish festivals every year, during which cops were allowed to take to the streets, including the Pamplona-style “Encierros”.
In 2015, seven people died between early July and mid-August.