Four killed in Colombian bullring collapse

At least four people have been killed and scores more injured after a ramshackle stand collapsed at a bullfight in El Espinal, Colombia.A Colombian Civil Defense worker inspects the debris of some stands that collapsed in a bullring during the celebrations of the San Pedro festivities, in El Espinal, Colombia June 26, 2022. REUTERS/Cristian Parra NO RESLAES. NO ARCHIVES - REUTERS/Cristian ParraA Colombian Civil Defense worker inspects the debris of some stands that collapsed in the bull-ring during the celebrations of the San Pedro festivities

Spectators fled in panic as the flimsy wooden framework toppled. Emergency crews rushed to the scene to try to rescue people trapped beneath the wreckage.

Jose Ricardo Orozco, the local governor, said that two women, a man and a child are known to have died.

According to the local authorities’ men, women and children were all injured in the disaster and there are fears the death toll could climb further. The reasons for the stand’s collapse were unclear.Residents gather near the rubble of a grandstand after it collapsed in a bullring during the celebrations of the San Pedro festivities, in El Espinal, Colombia June 26, 2022. REUTERS/Cristian Parra NO RESLAES. NO ARCHIVES - REUTERS/Cristian Parra

According to local reports, the bull fled the arena into the streets of Espinal, causing panic in a town of nearly 77,000 people, 64 miles southwest of the capital, Bogotá.

Local authorities appealed for calm, to allow the emergency services to evacuate those who had been injured.

The event, which attracted hundreds of people, was part of the San Pedro Festival. It entailed locals trying their luck in the bullring in so-called “corralejas”, in which residents enter the arena to confront the bull.

The event has attracted criticism both for the danger it posed to participants and the cruelty inflicted on the bull. Mr Orozco said the authorities would consider banning corralejas in future.

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