Four Killed, Hundreds Injured After Bullfighting Stadium Stand Collapses in Colombia

At least four people were killed and hundreds were injured after a stadium stand during a bullfight collapsed in the city of Espinal in the western Colombian state of Tolima on June 26.

A video posted by city council member Ivan Ferney Rojas on Twitter showed the three-level structure filled with spectators falling inwards as screams can be heard and people scrambling to get away from the area.

Tolima Provincial Governor Jose Ricardo Orozco told local Blu Radio that four people — two women, a man, and a minor, died from the incident.

A 51-year-old woman died at the plaza while three others, including a one-year-old child, died at a local hospital, Colombian newspaper El Tiempo reported, citing Orozco.

Local hospitals received 322 patients injured in the collapse, CNN reported, citing Tolima Health Secretary Martha Palacios.

Tolima Civil Defense Director Major Luis Fernando Velez said no one remained trapped in the wreckage and that those reported as missing had been found.

The bull from the event escaped the arena and caused panic in the city streets, El Tiempo reported.

Espinal Mayor Juan Carlos Tamayo Salas said that he “deeply regrets” what happened at the stadium.

Authorities have yet to provide an official cause of the collapse.

Colombian President Ivan Duque said his office will ask for an investigation into the incident.

Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro asked mayors on Twitter “not to authorize more shows with the death of people or animals.”

The bullfight was part of a cultural festival celebrating Saints Peter and Paul.


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