Top matador Victor Barrio gored to death in the ring in front of spectators in Spain
A top bullfighter was gored to death in front of hundreds of horrified spectators Saturday in Spain.
Víctor Barrio was in the ring with a massive bull in the town of Teruel in Aragon, in eastern Spain, when tragedy struck, according to La Razon.es.
The 29-year-old matador was caught in his side as the bull rolled over him and pinned him to the ground.
Pictures of the tragedy show the bullfighter lying in the dirt in front of the animal before being carried out of the ring by other matadors.
Barrio was an award-winning professional bullfighter and was named the winner of San Isidro bullfighter by the Senior Club of Madrid in 2011.
The death, the first of a matador in Spain nearly 30 years, comes amid several fatal accidents during the annual bull festivals across the country.
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.
A Japanese man and a Spaniard were also gored early Saturday, the third day of the week-long San Fermin festival in northern Spain where bulls chase red-scarved runners through the streets of Pamplona.
On Friday, a total of 16 thrill-seekers, including 5 Americans, were injured in the running.
Two of the people gored were in critical condition, officials said.
Two matadors were killed in the ‘80s, including the famous Francisco Rivera.
A pair of bandilleros, who plant little flags with barbed points in the top of the bull’s shoulders, were killed in the ring in 1992.
The nine-day San Fermin fiesta became famous with Ernest Hemingway’s 1926 novel “The Sun Also Rises” and attracts thousands of foreign tourists each year.