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Pamplona festival ends with no fatal gorings, but French tourist killed in eastern Spain

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PAMPLONA, Spain — Pamplona's nine-day San Fermin festival ended Tuesday with no deaths from daily bull runs, but officials said a French tourist died after being gored at a small town festival in eastern Spain.

A statement from the town hall of Pedreguer said the 44-year-old man died around 1 a.m. after being gored during a bull-running event held as part of the town's summer festival.

It was the third death from a goring in recent weeks around Spain.

Ten people, including four Americans, were gored in this year's festival in Pamplona, the country's most celebrated such event, but no one was killed.

Fifteen people have died from gorings in the Pamplona festival since 1924.

Bull runs are a traditional part of summer festivals across Spain. Dozens are injured each year, mostly in falls.

In Pamplona's final run, hundreds of people raced alongside six fighting bulls from the renowned Miura ranch, considered among the fiercest in Spain.

PHOTO: Miura fighting bulls run after revelers during the eighth running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)
Miura fighting bulls run after revelers during the eighth running of the bulls at the San Fermin Festival, in Pamplona, Spain, Tuesday, July 14, 2015. Revelers from around the world arrive to Pamplona every year to take part in some of the eight days of the running of the bulls. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

One bull charged into a bunch of runners, knocking around 10 people to the ground.

The San Fermin press office said five people were treated in city hospitals for bruises suffered in falls or from being trampled on by the beasts or other runners, but none was in serious condition. No one was gored Tuesday.

The July 6-14 fiesta, named after the northern city's patron saint, dates back to the late 16th century. It was immortalized in Ernest Hemingway's 1926 novel "The Sun Also Rises" and attracts thousands of tourists.

The 8 a.m. runs see people dashing with six bulls and their guiding steer along a narrow 930-yard (850-meter) course from a holding pen to the city's bullring. Tuesday's run lasted two minutes, five seconds, the fastest of the eight held in the festival.

The bulls are killed by professional matadors in bullfights each afternoon during the festival.

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Giles reported from Madrid


This story has been corrected to show Tuesday in first paragraph, not Monday, and festival dates July 6-14 instead of June. The headline has been corrected to say there were no fatal gorings instead of no gorings at all.

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