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5 hurt in latest Pamplona bull run

July 12, 2009

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— A packed running of the bulls swollen by weekend crowds at Spain’s San Fermin festival left five people with minor injuries Saturday, but there were no gorings the day after the first fatality for 14 years.

One man had a lucky escape when he confronted a lone bull that had broken away from the pack after a fall but he was only rolled on the ground and not caught by its horns.

He was taken to Navarra Hospital with a head injury and identified by city authorities in a statement only as a 26-year-old Irishman, Alan C.H.

The fifth bull run in the eight-day San Fermin feast took place the day after a 27-year-old man was gored to death, the first fatality since 1995.

Four other people were hospitalized with head injuries Saturday but none was seriously hurt, said Dr. Fernando Boneta, a spokesman for both Navarra Hospital and Virgen del Camino Hospital.

One man was hit hard on the chin and knocked unconscious by a calf inside the bullring after the running of the bulls had finished.

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