(Updated with San Fermin bull run details)
MADRID — A 24-year-old man was gored in the thorax during a bull run in the Spanish city of Pamplona, festival organizers said.
Giovanni Torreiras was attending the festival’s “encierro” — where participants prepare for a daily bull run — on Friday, the city’s government said.
As the injured man was being taken off the “El Escaleron” bullring roof on a stretcher, the bull ran over and pushed the stretcher back into the man, according to Reuters.
He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Samira Ibrahim, a reporter with Spanish news agency EFE, said people passing by during the festival saw the man thrown from a rope tied to a herd of bulls.
She said several other runners rushed to help the injured man after he was hurt.
Torreiras’ death marked the 37th in Spain this year.
The two-day run, during which bulls are chased by runners down a narrow path, is one of Spain’s most famous summer festivals.
Of the 35 people who have died in Spain’s running of the bulls since record-keeping began in 1924, the last was Miguel Angel Torres Lassalero, who was trampled to death in 2011.
About 2,000 people run in the San Fermin festival each year and about 20 are injured.
On Friday night, most runners were already down in the tunnel when the first bull left the bullring with them at 4:15 p.m. Many of the runners, including eight foreign nationals, were injured as they pursued the animal.
At least four people suffered injuries during the San Fermin runs on Thursday, organizers said.
The nine-day festival culminates with the running of the bulls in the town center Saturday afternoon. About 35,000 people are expected to attend, Reuters reported.
Participants start by following a yellow stone. As the bull run progresses, runners will run in and out of the bullring with runners following the pack in the water in front of the bullring.
A woman attending a legal San Fermin festival in Aviles, Spain, was gored on Thursday, local officials said.
An unnamed 39-year-old woman was taken to hospital in serious condition with a serious thorax wound, according to Reuters. A bull gored her in the upper back and shoulder, adding to what is an unprecedented run in the history of the festival.
Pamplona’s festival dates back to the Middle Ages.