At least five people have been killed and at least 500 injured in a bullfight in Ptolema, Colombia. The incident took place during a traditional race held during the San Juan celebrations, known as the “Coraleja”, where the public encounters bulls.
The governor of Tolima, Ricardo Orozco, promised broadcaster Blu Radio that today’s tragedy has caused five deaths so far, including a minor.
“We are very sorry for what happened to our bull Gilberto Charlie. I urge the citizens in Pulring to please leave. The control systems are responding to the emergency and the injured have already been taken to hospitals,” he wrote. For his part, El Espinal Mayor, Juan Carlos Tamayo.
I hope all the people affected by the Plaza de El Espinal collapse will come out unscathed from their injuries.
This has already happened in Cincinnati.
I urge mayors not to allow too many shows with human or animal deaths. pic.twitter.com/dMAq6uqlKX
– Gustavo Petro (@PedroGustavo) June 26, 2022
Gustavo Pedro, Colombia’s president-elect, said on social networking site Twitter: “I hope all the people affected by the collapse of El Espinal Square will recover from their injuries.”
A terrifying video comes out of Colombia tonight, where a large stand collapsed during a bullfight in El Espinall, killing several people and injuring hundreds (local reports from WRadioColombia) pic.twitter.com/Whn8Fz7ugn
– Manuel Pojorquez (oBojorquezCBS) June 26, 2022
Among the injured were children, men, women and the elderly watching the event.