Part of the wooden bleachers collapsed during a bullfight in central Colombia on Sunday, sending spectators plummeting to the ground and killing at least four people and seriously injuring around 30, authorities said.
The disaster took place in a stadium in the town of El Espinal in the state of Tolima during a traditional event called ”corraleja” during which members of the public enter the arena to engage the bulls.
Videos taken during the bullfight show a three-story section of the stands collapsing as people scream.
“We have activated the Tolima hospital network,” Tolima Governor José Ricardo Orozco told local Blu radio. ”Four people died, from that moment: two women, a man and a minor.” Authorities said about 30 people had been seriously injured Orozco said he had requested a suspension of the traditional ”corralejas” in Tolima earlier on Sunday but this one still happened.
President-elect Gustavo Petro urged local officials to ban such events, noting that it was not the first time an incident like this had happened.
“I ask mayors not to allow more events involving the death of people or animals,” he said.
Current President Iván Duque announced on Twitter an investigation into the disaster.
”We deplore the terrible tragedy recorded in El Espinal, Tolima, during the festivals of San Pedro and San Juan, with the collapse of the stands during a corraleja. We will request an investigation.”
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