San Fermin Festival 2012: 3 Gored During The Running Of The Bulls

Three people were gored during the running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona in northern Spain on Monday.

Aryeh Deutsch, a 38-year-old who is a veteran of the bull run, said he tripped and fell during the confusion of the event.

The next thing I know I am underneath him, I can see his belly and I was trying to roll out of the way to get under the fence and yeah he got me, he got me in the right calf, said Deutsch, an engineer from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, reported the Associated Press.

Deutsch said he was unaware that he was gore until he left the track and got behind the gate.

The bull charged at other runners who were huddled on the ground near the fence. They were attempting to protect themselves as the animal attacked. During the melee, two Britons were injured. After several dangerous moments, the bull was lured away, the AP reported.

The two Britons, a 20-year-old and a 29-year-old, suffered leg wounds, however, none of the injuries are life threatening, NBC reported. The three were taken to Navarra Hospital for their lacerations.

Deutsch said at one point he had holes in his pants from the goring and was bleeding. He was taken away on a stretcher to the hospital. Deutsch was released the same day. Another American suffered a broken ankle and knee injuries; however, he was not treated for any of his wounds, CNN reported. Three also suffered minor injuries as they raced along the 849-meter course.

Doctors told Deutsch that he received a puncture wound that was about 1-inch deep. This was the first goring he received in 53 runs, he told the AP.

I am moving forward, Deutsch said in a telephone interview from Pamplona. It's a beautiful thing watching that herd run. They are like a thunderstorm on those cobblestones. We like to say we are running with our bull brothers.

The run lasted just about three minutes, the AP reported.

The morning runs highlight the annual San Fermin festival, which became world famous after Ernest Hemingway published his iconic novel, The Sun Also Rises.

For centuries, the Spanish have used bulls in their festivals, whether it is for running the bulls of bull-fighting. Since 1924, there have been 15 deaths during the San Fermin festival. The most recent death was in 2009, when a Spaniard was gored in his neck.

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