(Corrects title of book in first paragraph)
By Vincent West
PAMPLONA, Spain, July 9 An American who co-wrote
a book called "Fiesta: How To Survive The Bulls Of Pamplona" was
badly gored on Wednesday in the morning bull run at Pamplona's
San Fermin festival.
A Spanish man was also gored in the "encierro", when runners
in red scarves and white outfits dash through the Spanish town's
streets pursued by the huge animals.
Chicago resident Bill Hillmann, 32, tripped and fell when a
bull gored him in his right thigh, according to festival website
The Spaniard, a 35-year-old man from Valencia, was gored in
the chest and taken to hospital in a semi-conscious state,
officials said. The two men are in a serious condition, the
regional government said.
A further three, all Spanish, were taken to hospital with
lesser injuries from the chaotic stampede through the narrow
streets of Pamplona's old town, authorities said. All the
injured were men. Few women take part in the run. Authorities
did not give the names of the injured men.
Wednesday's run was the third in the week-long San Fermin
festival, depicted in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun
The daily bull run starts at 8 a.m. (0600 GMT) and usually
lasts around 3 to 5 minutes. It ends at the bull-ring, where the
bulls are corralled before reappearing in the evening bullfight,
when they are killed.
San Fermin has become a global tourist attraction, with tens
of thousands of Spaniards and foreigners pouring into the
Navarran capital. Many participants drink and dance all night.
Hemingway aficionado Hillmann travels to Pamplona every year
to take part in the festival.
The black bull that gored him was the heaviest of the
morning's six bulls from the Victoriano del Rio ranch, weighing
around 600 kilos.
A 27-year-old man from Madrid was the last person to be
killed during the bull run after being gored in the neck in
2009. There have been 14 fatalities over the past century at the
fiesta, which dates to the 13th century.
(Reporting By Vincent West, Writing by Sonya Dowsett, Editing
by Gareth Jones)