PAMPLONA, Spain — A US college student and two Spaniards were gored Friday during a danger-filled sixth bull run of Spain’s San Fermin festival, with one loose bull causing panic in the packed streets of Pamplona.
Tension soared when one of the animals charged a 31-year-old Spaniard, Diego Miralles, and tossed him on the ground with its horns for almost 30 seconds as fellow runners tried to pull it away by its tail.
Helpers eventually dragged the victim to safety by his feet.
The regional government of Navarra said one American and two Spaniards were gored in the run, while another American and two Spaniards were also taken to hospitals for other injuries suffered in falls and trampling.
The University of Utah confirmed that the gored American was one of its students, Patrick Eccles. Navarra Hospital chief Javier Sesma said doctors removed Eccles’s spleen. He said the young man was in stable condition.
Sesma said the Spaniard who had been pinned to the ground was gored three times; in the groin, knee, and thigh. ‘‘The injuries are not as serious as one would have expected.’’
None of the six taken to the hospital was said to be in serious condition. The gorings were the first of this year’s runs, during which thousands race daily with the bulls along a 930-yard route.