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Baby among four dead as stand collapses at bullfight in Colombia
27 June 2022, 07:41
An 18-month-old baby is among at least four people to have died after wooden stands collapsed during a bullfight in Colombia.
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The tragedy unfolded in the city of El Espinal in Tolima on Sunday during a traditional event called "corraleja", where spectators enter the ring to engage the bulls.
Devastating videos taken during the bullfight show a multi-story section of the stands collapsing as people screamed and ran in horror.
The dead included two women, a man and a child, Tolima Governor Jose Ricardo Orozco said. The region's health official said hospitals had treated 322 people of whom four were in intensive care.
Hundreds of people were injured in the accident with more than 800 spectators seated in the area where stands collapsed.
Late on Sunday, Tolima health secretary Martha Palacios said the minor who had died was an 18-month-old baby.
#NoticiaW | Se desploma parte de la plaza donde se realizan las fiestas de corraleja en El Espinal, Tolima. Los organismos de socorro atienden la emergencia, se desconoce el número de heridos.https://t.co/AMNglsj0Ox pic.twitter.com/iuYfbykbMU— W Radio Colombia (@WRadioColombia) June 26, 2022
Besides the four dead, another four people were in intensive care and two others recovering from surgery.
Mr Orozco said he had asked for the traditional "corralejas" to be suspended in Tolima earlier on Sunday but this one was held anyway.
The event was part of celebrations of the popular San Pedro festival.
President-elect Gustavo Petro urged local officials to ban such events, noting that it was not the first time an incident like this had taken place.
On Saturday several people were injured during corralejas in El Espinal. Earlier this month one person died after being gored by a bull during a corraleja in the town of Repelon.
Mr Orozco said he would move to ban the corralejas, saying they were dangerous and cruel to animals.
"I ask mayors not to allow more events involving the death of people or animals," he said.
President Ivan Duque said an investigation into the tragedy will take place.
"We lament the terrible tragedy registered in El Espinal, Tolima, during the festivals of San Pedro and San Juan, with the collapse of the stands during a corraleja. We will call for an investigation," he said.