Stadium collapse kills at least four, injures hundreds (VIDEOS)
At least four people were killed and 303 injured after a wooden bullfighting stadium collapsed on Sunday in El Espinal, Colombia, local media reported, citing officials. A 14-month-old child is among the victims.
The authorities initially said that five people died, but later revised the death toll.
Amid the carnage, a bull escaped into the streets of the town.
The collapse was caught on camera, with video footage showing the crowded wooden structure crashing to earth. Performers were taunting a beast moments before the disaster.
El Tiempo, a Colombian news site, reported that at least five people were killed and more than 60 injured, although it cautioned that the authorities have not yet released the exact number of injuries.
BREAKING: Stadium collapses during bullfight in Espinal, Colombia; at least 5 dead, 500 injured pic.twitter.com/yXzHgpharS— BNO News (@BNONews) June 26, 2022
Espero que todas las personas afectadas por el derrumbe de la plaza de El Espinal puedan salir airosas de sus heridas.Esto ya había sucedido antes en Sincelejo. Le solicito a las alcaldías no autorizar más espectáculos con la muerte de personas o animales. pic.twitter.com/dMAq6uqlKX— Gustavo Petro (@petrogustavo) June 26, 2022
Tragedia en el Espinal Tolima pic.twitter.com/UoQBncCm1F— Elizabeth Cristina Ortiz Peña (@ElizbethCristi7) June 26, 2022
The news site reported that a bull escaped into the streets of El Espinal after the collapse, causing panic.
Bullfighting is illegal in some Colombian municipalities, but shows regularly take place in rural towns such as El Espinal. These performances are often held in poorly constructed arenas.
Shortly after the tragedy, Colombian President-elect Gustavo Petro expressed condolences and wished a speedy recovery to the victims, while urging the mayors “not to authorize more shows with the death of people or animals,” as the incident was not the first of its kind.
The outgoing president, Ivan Duque, also expressed shock over the “terrible tragedy,” promising to launch an investigation into the incident.