August 15, 2022

Four killed, dozens injured in Colombian bullfighting collapse Colombia

Four were killed and about 70 were injured Colombia Provincial officials said spectators were left stunned by the bullfight on Sunday.

About 145 km (90 miles) southwest of the capital, Bogot, bulls are said to have terrorized the Espinal streets of Dolima, home to 60,000 people.

Videos posted on social media showed a section of tree and bamboo stands falling forward into the ring, where locals took part in a bullfighting event.

Among the injured were children, women and men, the Colombian newspaper El Timepo Citing municipal officials. They did not immediately say what caused the crash.

Breeding at Espinal in Ptolema after the decline. Photo: Samuel Antonio Kalindo Campos / AFP / Getty Images

“Four people have died this time – two women, a man and a minor,” Tolima provincial governor Jose Ricardo Orosco told local Blue Radio.

El Tambo reported that one of the 51-year-old women had died in the plaza. The other three are said to have died at a local hospital.

The state’s director of civil defense, Maj. Luis Fernando Wells, told local Caracol television that no one was trapped in the rubble. Many of the missing are said to have been found.

The bullfight took place as part of a cultural festival honoring the apostles of Jesus Christ and the Christian martyrs Saints Peter and Paul. A city councilor, Ivan Ferney Rojas, issued a statement saying the local hospital was overcrowded and seeking help from surrounding areas to treat the injured.

“We need the help of neighboring hospitals and ambulances,” he said. “A lot of people are not getting treatment yet.”

In a separate statement from Espinall’s City Hall, staff there “lamented deeply what had happened at the bullfighting plaza” but asked residents and spectators to remain calm.

Elected President of Colombia, Gustavo Pedro, Previously reported on Twitter that a similar decline had occurred in another part of the district. Nine people were injured Saturday in a bullfight in a ruined plaza in Espinal.

Pedro, a former member of the Urban Guerrilla Group and elected Colombia’s first left-wing president, has urged local governments to “no longer recognize scenes involving the death of people or animals.”