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Guy Who Wrote Book on Surviving Running of the Bulls Gets Gored by Bull

Jul 09, 2014

A Chicago author who co-wrote the book "How to Survive the Bulls of Pamplona" was gored Wednesday morning during the Pamplona bull run, the festival's website reports.

Bill Hillman, 32, tripped and fell while participating in the third run of the weeklong San Fermin festival. The bull, the heaviest of the six animals released, gored him twice in the right thigh. Hillman, who has been running in the festival for over a decade, is said to be in a stable condition.

A second man, a 35-year-old Spaniard from Chicago, was also seriously injured when one of the bulls gored him in the thorax. Three other Spanish men were taken to the hospital with minor injuries caused by the stampede.

During the San Fermin festival, runners dressed in white with red scarves sprint through the streets of Pamplona pursued by the bulls. The animals can inflict serious injuries -- In 2009, a 27-year-old man from Madrid died after being wounded in the event.

The daily run begins at 8 a.m. local time and lasts up to five minutes. Runners finish at the bull-ring where the animals are later killed during an evening bullfight.

Running of The Bulls

Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.
Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.Pablo Blazquez Dominguez—Getty Images
Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.
A cow jumps over revelers at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain on July 8, 2014.
A young reveler dressed in a traditional outfit runs next to a mural of a bull during the opening day of the 2014 San Fermin fiestas in Pamplona, Spain on July 6, 2014.
A reveler is hit by a cow on the bull ring, at the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain on July 8, 2014.
Spanish bullfighter Daniel Luque aims his sword before killing a bull during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain on July 7, 2014.
A Torrestrella ranch fighting bull bleeds during a bullfight of the San Fermin festival, in Pamplona, Spain on July 7, 2014.
A reveller gets gored by a bull during the "Bous a la Mar" festival in Denia
A wounded man is treated by Red Cross health services during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival on July 7, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.
A fighting bull falls at the Estafeta corner, during the second running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona on July 8, 2014.
A giant mannequin spins on the third day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival, on July 8, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.
A man holds his child as he watches the image of San Fermin passing by during the San Fermin procession in Pamplona, Spain on July 7, 2014.
Revelers are chased by Dolores Aguirre's ranch fighting bulls during the running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain on July 8, 2014.
A reveller checks pictures of runners at a photo shop after the Dolores Aguirre Ybarra's fighting bulls during the third day of the San Fermin Running Of The Bulls festival on July 8, 2014 in Pamplona, Spain.
People cheer after hearing the midday Chupinazo rocket announcing the start of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona
Revellers run with Torrestrella's fighting bulls along the Calle Estafeta during the second day of the San Fermin Runnin
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