The month of July closes with a heavy toll of three deaths to gorings in traditional bull-running festivals in towns in the Valencia region.
Three men have died – all of whom had been receiving treatment in Valencia hospitals after being badly injured during fiestas over the past two weeks.
In Picassent, a municipality south of Valencia, a 56-year-old man was tossed in the air by a bull and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Spanish media had reported that the man had been standing behind a block in the middle of the street when he was gored by the running bull.
The man, who was a resident of the town, died after spending nine days in intensive care for severe head trauma.
Picassent held a day of mourning on Wednesday to commemorate his death.
To the north of the city, in the municipality of Meliana, a man in his 50s also died after his lung was pierced by a bull.
The mayor of Meliana made a statement saying that accidents are a risk people must take to participate in the taurine festivals
A 64-year-old French tourist died after being gored by a bull in Pedreguer, a town near Alicante. He had been in intensive care since the accident occurred on July 8.
In the Levante region of Eastern Spain, bull running is known as ‘Bous al carrer’ and which have the same characteristics of other popular festivals such as the San Fermin fiesta in Pamplona.