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1 dead in annual bull run

PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) – A man from Valencia died Saturday after being gored in a late-night bull run near the southern Spanish town of Alicante, while two men were gored and 12 others injured in the more popular morning bull-run race in Pamplona.

The deadly goring occurred about 1 a.m. during festivities involving female cattle in the small village of Pedreguera. The Red Cross said a heifer gored the 29-year-old man through the thorax and abdomen. He was taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead an hour later.

The town suspended all bull-related festivities for the day.

At the famed San Fermin festival, the bull run was unusually long Saturday, with one bull left stranded at the starting gate, where he proceeded to charge and strike a couple of runners. Many other participants fell and were stampeded by the head of the pack in the 930-yard (850-meter) race.

Another of the six bulls in the run got separated from the pack, did a U-turn and gored a nearby runner, lifting his body off the ground and flipping him over.

A government statement said a 33-year-old Japanese man and a 24-year-old Spaniard were gored. The Navarra hospital confirmed the Japanese man had suffered a 15-centimeter (6-inch) thorax wound and was still under observation, while the local man was gored in his right arm. Both were considered to be in fair condition.

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