(CMR) Four people were killed, and hundreds injured after a stand collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia on Sunday. The wooden stand filled with spectators fell down at a stadium in the municipality of El Espinal, Tolima department.
According to Governor Ricardo Orozco, one child, two women, and an adult man lost their lives. According to health officials in the area, more than 300 people were treated at hospitals.
The incident reportedly happened during a traditional “corraleja” event, when members of the public are encouraged into the ring to engage the bulls. A bull also escaped from the stadium and caused panic in the municipality.
Local councilor Iván Ferney Rojas told local news media that the town's hospital and ambulance services were unable to cope with the number of injured. Support was sought from neighboring hospitals.
Sunday's event was part of celebrations of the popular San Pedro festival. The incident had some political repercussions, with Colombian president-elect Gustavo Petro calling on mayors to suspend bullfights to avoid similar tragedies.