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Four dead and dozens injured in Colombia due to the collapse of bullfighting platforms | Colombia

Four people were killed and about 70 injured Colombia Provincial officials said on Sunday after spectators stood at the bullfight collapsed.

The bull reportedly escaped from the plaza hosting the scene and caused panic in the streets of Espinal, Tolima, a city of nearly 60,000 people 145 kilometers (90 miles) southwest of Bogota, the capital.

Videos posted on social media showed a section of wooden and bamboo platforms rolling forward in the arena, as locals were taking part in a bull run event.

Among the wounded were children, women and men of a Colombian newspaper Tempo He said, citing municipal authorities. They did not immediately mention the cause of the collapse.

Bullring in Espinal, Tolima, after the collapse
The bullring in Espinal, Tolima, after the collapse. Photo: Samuel Antonio Galindo Campos/AFP/Getty Images

“There are four dead at this moment – two women, a man and a minor,” Tolima County Governor Jose Ricardo Orozco told local Radio Bleu.

El Tiempo newspaper reported that one of the women, aged 51, died in the square. The other three reportedly died at a local hospital.

Major Luis Fernando Velez, the district’s director of civil defense, told local Caracol TV that no one was left trapped in the wreckage. Several people reported missing have been found.

Bullfighting was part of a cultural festival honoring Saints Peter and Paul, who were both apostles of Jesus Christ and Christian martyrs. A city council member, Evan Verne Rojas, issued a statement saying that the local hospital had passed and asked for help from the surrounding areas to treat the wounded.

“We need help from nearby hospitals and ambulances,” he said. “There are still a lot of people who haven’t received treatment.”

City Hall in Espinal added in a separate statement that staff there “expressed their deep regret over what happened at the bullring” but urged residents and visitors to remain calm.

The elected president of Colombia, Gustavo PetroOn Twitter, a similar breakdown has occurred in another part of the county before. Nine were injured in the activities of running the bulls on Saturday in the stricken yard in Espinal.

Petro, a former urban guerrilla group member and the first leftist in Colombia to be elected president, also said he urged local governments “not to allow more scenes involving the death of people or animals.”

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