At least four people diedincluding a baby, and more than 320 They were injured when part of a bullring collapsed this Sunday, June 26, in central Colombia when it was full of people and in the middle of a fair.
The incident occurred at 1:00 PM in the city of The spinalDepartment of Tolimawhen a “corraleja”a type of celebration in which members of the public enter the ring made up of a multi-level wooden structure that is set up for the occasion.
According to the mayor, Juan Carlos Tamayohow they collapsed 8 of the 44 boxes and in each there was 100 peoplenail 800 they were affected.
In some images that circulated on social networks, it is clearly seen when a part of the square, with wooden boxes, completely collapses and falls into the bullring, causing panic among those present. In other recordings broadcast on networks, it is seen how hundreds of people run terrified and screaming in bewilderment at the collapse.
As night fell, the department’s Secretary of Health, Martha Palaciossaid at a press conference that a total of 322 people they had reached the emergency services of public and private hospitals and that the medical emergency situation was controlled four hours after the event.
Although the number of injured had continued to increase, the fatalities fortunately no longer increased, although the videos made fear the worst, recognized the governor of TolimaRicardo Orozco, at the same press conference with health and local authorities.
The deceased were two womena man and a 14 month old baby. All but one of the women died at the hospital, Palacios explained.
In addition, at night there were four people in intensive care and two under observation after surgery.
The President Ivan Duke He regretted what happened through his official Twitter account and said that an investigation of the facts will be requested.
According to the mayor of The spinal, there are already technical personnel on site. Tamayo indicated that the festivities were taking place under all security parameters and that the structure of the square is armed with the supervision of officials and resistance tests are carried out.
“I hope that all the people affected by the collapse of the Plaza de The spinal they can get out of their wounds,” the president-elect, Gustavo Petro, said in the same way.
Peter recalled that Colombia had already experienced a similar scene in Sincelejo due to the death of hundreds of people more than 40 years also because part of the wooden structure from which the event was observed collapsed.
“I ask the mayors not to authorize more shows with the death of people or animals,” he said.
Governor Orozco announced that he will issue a decree to urge mayors to suspend this type of activity in which animal abuse takes place, but he recalled that local leaders are the ones who have the power to do so.
“We are sorry for what happened,” the mayor acknowledged. “Maybe this will lead us to make some decisions, to reflect on the subject.”