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At least 4 dead and 500 hurt as stands collapse during bullfighting festival


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AT least four people have been killed and hundreds injured after a stand collapsed during a bullfighting festival.

Horror pictures show the wooden framework crumbled to the ground at the improvised stadium in El Espinal, Colombia.

The framework collapsed during the bullfight

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The framework collapsed during the bullfightCredit: ÚltimaHoraCaracol – Twitter
Hundreds of people have been injured

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Hundreds of people have been injuredCredit: noticiasrcn
Shocking footage showed the stands tipping forward

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Shocking footage showed the stands tipping forwardCredit: Twitter

Several bulls fled the stadium into the streets of Tolima in fear as panicked revellers tried to help those trapped.

Four people have been confirmed dead, with at least 500 others injured.

A child, two woman and a man were killed in the horror incident, Jose Ricardo Orozco, the governor of Tolima department, told a local radio station.

Nine festival-goers were also hurt after being charged at by a bull after jumping into the ring, reports infobae.

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Shocking footage shows the moment the stands – packed with hundreds of men, women and children – collapsed.

The boxes can be seen tipping forwards before smashing into the ground.

Other audience members fell from other parts of the stands after a portion caved in.

Emergency crews have been sent in to rescue those stuck under the rubble.

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It’s unclear what caused the stands to collapse.

Major Luis Fernando Vélez, director of Civil Defense in Tolima, said: “There is a patient with serious injuries, he was taken to the hospital in critical condition, there he was stabilised.”

Authorities urged people at the stadium and nearby to remain calm, reports El Tiempo.

A statement from the Mayor’s Office of Espinal said: “We deeply regret what happened in the bullring.

“We want to call for calm to the entire community.

“Once the emergency became known, the relief agencies acted immediately, achieving the evacuation of the injured for primary care at the San Rafael Hospital in the municipality.”

Officials are now probing the cause of the incident.

Colombia’s new president Gustavo Petro has called for bullfights to be halted.

He tweeted: “I hope that all the people affected by the collapse of the Plaza de El Espinal can come out of their wounds unscathed.

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“This had already happened before in Sincelejo.

“I ask the mayors not to authorise more shows with the death of people or animals.”

Other revellers fell from boxes after a portion of the stands collapsed

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Other revellers fell from boxes after a portion of the stands collapsedCredit: Twitter

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AT least four people have been killed and hundreds injured after a stand collapsed during a bullfighting festival. Horror pictures show the wooden framework crumbled to the ground at the improvised stadium in El Espinal, Colombia. Several bulls fled the stadium into the streets of Tolima in fear as panicked revellers tried to help those […]

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