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Pamplona, Spain (AP) -- An American and two Spaniards were gored on Friday during a danger-filled sixth bull run of Spain's San Fermin festival, with one loose bull causing panic in the packed streets of the city of Pamplona.
Tension soared when one of the animals charged a man and tossed him on the ground with its horns for almost 30 seconds as fellow runners tried to pull it away by its tail.
The man clung to one of the horns as screams were heard all around.
Helpers eventually dragged the victim to safety by his feet. The local Diario de Navarra newspaper said the man was from Morella, Spain, but this could not be immediately confirmed.
The regional government of Navarra said one American and two Spaniards were gored in the run while another American and two Spaniards were also taken to city hospitals for other injuries suffered in falls and trampling during the frenzied event.
The government press office identified the American gored only by his initials “P.E.” and gave his age as 20.
The Navarra Hospital chief said doctors removed the American's spleen after it was found that the bull's horn had gone through the abdominal cavity and punctured the non-vital, blood-filtering organ.
He said the young man was in stable condition.
None of the six taken to the hospital was said to be in serious condition.
Hospital authorities initially said four people were gored, but the regional government revised that down to three.
The gorings were the first of this year's runs, during which thousands of thrill-seekers race daily with the bulls along a 930-yard route from a holding pen to the city bull ring.
Friday's event lasted just under five minutes, roughly double the normal length.
The black bull that caused the most panic Friday made several more attempts to charge people before he was eventually guided along the narrow streets to join the rest of the pack in the pen of the packed bull ring.