Author of book on surviving 'Running of the Bulls' gets gored by bull

Runners sprint in front of Torrestrella fighting bulls at the entrance to the bullring during the first running of the bulls of the San Fermin festival in Pamplona Image by � Joseba Etxaburu / Reuters

Author of book on surviving 'Running of the Bulls' gets gored by bull

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Jul 9, 2014

Chicago author Bill Hillmann, 32, was seriously injured after being gored by a bull during Wednesday's bull run at Pamplona's San Fermin festival in Spain. Hillmann co-wrote and published a book called "How to Survive the Running of the Bulls" just last month.

"Hillman suffered two gorings, both to his right thigh. The medical report states that there is 'a wound to his interior lower right thigh in the distal area near to his knee and another wound in the interior face of the lower thigh,'" reports "The nerve area is not affected. His condition is said to be 'not serious.'"

"Hillman is an experienced runner, having been a regular runner for more than a decade," further reports He had reportedly tripped and fallen before the bull gored him twice.

"The black bull that gored him was the heaviest of the morning's six bulls from the Victoriano del Rio ranch, weighing around 1,300 pounds," details the Chicago Tribune. "The daily bull run usually lasts around 3 to 5 minutes. It ends at the bull-ring, where the bulls are corralled before reappearing in the evening bullfight, when they are killed."

A 35-year-old Spaniard was gored in the chest at this year's festival, while numerous other Spanish men were taken to the hospital for lesser injuries.

"There have been 14 fatalities over the past century at the fiesta, which dates to the 13th century," the Chicago Tribune explains. The last person to be killed during the legendary festival was a 27-year-old who was gored in the neck in 2009.


Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.