Two gored in running of the bulls festival in Spain

The runners were taken by surprise by a lone bull that ran ahead of the pack this year. Photo: Reuters

A fighting bull has gored two men and tossed several other people intro the air in the fourth day of the annual running of the bulls at Spain's San Fermin festival in Pampalona.

Two Spanish men were gored in the leg, and another five people were taken to hospital with minor injuries after this morning's dash.

The early morning dash this morning injured seven people in total.

The gorings were caused by one bull that raced ahead of the rest of the pack, causing pandemonium among the assembled crowds of runners.

Most of the injuries every year are caused by falling, due to the huge crowds in the tiny streets. Credit: Reuters

Every year thousands of tourists flock to the small town to take part in the festival, which involves runners wearing red and white clothing lining up early in the morning and being chased by six bulls that are then killed in the afternoon, and copious amounts of alcohol.

The bulls are killed in the afternoon in bullfights. Credit: Reuters

Dozens are injured every year, normally from falls in the crowd due to the vast volume of runners and watchers.

Fifteen people have died from gorings since record-keeping began in 1924.