Bull fighting stadium collapses in Colombia, killing multiple people

El Espinal, Colombia – At least four people were killed and hundreds were injured after a stadium in El Espinal collapsed during a bull fight, according to Colombian government officials.

Part of a stadium in Columbia collapsed during a bull fight on Sunday.
Part of a stadium in Columbia collapsed during a bull fight on Sunday.  © Screenshot/Twitter/Ivan Ferney Rojas M.

Per CNN reported, 322 people injured in the stadium collapse were being treated at local hospitals as of Sunday night.

At least 30 of the injuries were serious, as the governor of the Tolima department, Ricardo Orozco, told a local radio outlet.

"At this moment, we have four -[dead] victims confirmed – two women, an adult man and a minor – plus about 30 people seriously injured. Of course, we have activated all the hospitals and ambulances we can work with," he said.

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No official reason for the accident has been given so far. The mayor of Espinal, Juan Carlos Tamayo, responded to the tragedy in a Facebook post.

"We deeply regret what happened in our bullfight arena. I want to ask all the citizens who are in the area to please evacuate, authorities are already responding to the emergency and the injured have been taken to hospitals. Please, let's evacuate, together let's help the emergency services, so they can do their job," he wrote.

Videos of the stadium collapse

President-elect Gustavo Petro shared videos showing the collapse and the chaos that follows to Twitter, along with a request that authorizing "no more shows with the death of people or animals."

The footage shows spectators fleeing as the structure sways and crashes to the ground. The scene is then made worse as bulls charge people trying to approach the rubble.

Cover photo: Ivan Ferney Rojas M.

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