First Goring Death at Running of the Bulls Since 1995

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Pamplona's San Fermin festival is famous for it's dangerous and thrilling tradition of the running of the bulls. Held since 1591, the festival attracts tens of thousands of revelers eager to try their luck at running with the bulls. For nine days, morning bull-runs are followed by afternoon bull fights, meaning that most of the bulls who run the half-mile course face certain death.

Unfortunately for some in attendance at the fourth day of this year's running, a relatively rare fatality occurred when 27-year-old Daniel Jimeno Romero was gored in the neck and lung by a rogue bull named Capuchino who had become separated from the pack. Three other people were gored, and six people suffered bumps, bruises and other lesser injuries, Fernando Boneta, director of Virgen del Camino Hospital shared, in what wound up becoming one of the deadliest bull-runs Spain has witnessed in years.

Romero's death was the first fatality the San Fermin festival has suffered since 1995, when American Matthew Tassio, 22, died. There have been 15 deaths since 1924.

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