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A man has died after being gored by a bull in front of his wife and one of his two daughters at a Spanish festival.
Oscar Rodriguez Calleja, 50, was rushed to hospital after being speared in the groin by a 84-stone bull called Rodillero at Fiesta del Verdejo festival in the small town of La Seca, Valladolid, northern Spain, but medics were unable to save him.
Footage of the incident which happened on Sunday 1 May showed the moments before the bull dashed out of its wooden box, immediately taking a right turn towards the crowds stood behind barriers.
The father-of-two was then lifted by the bull’s horns as he stood behind the railings, then held up and dragged for a few seconds.
Rodillero pulled Oscar while with its horns before dumping him on the floor as onlookers watched in disbelief.
His loved ones suffered panic attacks and were treated at the scene before his wife was taken to a health centre.
Oscar had travelled from his home in the nearby municipality of Nava del Rey to take part in the festivities with his family.
The 50-year-old, described locally as a greyhound breeder, died after being rushed to nearby Medina del Campo Hospital for an emergency operation.
The event was immediately suspended by La Seca Town Hall, which issued a statement after it emerged the injured man had lost his fight for life.
It confirmed: ‘A man who was gored at the start of the festivities has died.
‘The fatal outcome occurred after he was evacuated to Medina del Campo Hospital with a doctor and nurse who were part of the medical team covering the event.
‘We would like to express our most sincere condolences to his family and friends.’
The Fiesta del Verdejo festival where the tragedy occurred is an annual event which was first held in 2008.
Oscar Rodriguez Calleja, 50, died after being gored by a bull called Rodillero in front of his wife and one of his two daughters at Fiesta del Verdejo festival in La Seca, Valladoid, northern Spain. Pictured, the bull being released from the wooden box before making a left turn
Footage of the incident which happened on Sunday 1 May showed the moments before the bull dashed out of its wooden box, immediately taking a right turn towards the crowds stood behind barriers, ramming himself into Oscar
In January a man was fatally gored by a charging heifer at a festival in Puerto Serrano in the south-west Spanish province of Cadiz.
He was described at the time as only the second person to be fatally gored during an annual festival in Spain involving bulls and heifers since the start of the Covid pandemic.
A 55-year-old man became the first person to die during a bull goring in Onda in the eastern Spanish province of Castellon at the end of October last year.
Before the coronavirus pandemic several revellers were gored to death every year at Spanish festivals involving bulls being let onto the street including the Pamplona-style ‘encierros.’
In 2015 seven people died between the start of July and the middle of August.
The father-of-two was then lifted by the bull’s horns as he stood behind the railings, then held up and dragged for a few seconds
Rodillero pulled Oscar while with its horns before dumping him on the floor as onlookers watched in disbelief