Stadium Collapses During Bullfight in Colombia

Wooden stands collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia Sunday, June 27, sending spectators plunging to the ground and killing at least six people and injuring hundreds, authorities said.

The disaster took place in a stadium in the city of El Espinal in Tolima state during a traditional event called “corraleja,” in which members of the public enter the ring to engage the bulls.

Videos taken during the bullfight show a three-story section of the stands collapsing as people screamed.

Late Sunday, Tolima health secretary Martha Palacios said in a press conference that 322 people had gone to local public and private hospitals after the collapse seeking treatment.

Palacio said the minor who had died was an 18-month-old baby.

Orozco said he had asked for the traditional “corralejas” to be suspended in Tolima earlier Sunday, but this one was held anyway.

President-elect Gustavo Petro urged local officials to ban such events, noting that it was not the first time an incident like this had taken place.

Current President Iván Duque on Twitter announced an investigation of the disaster.

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