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'How to Survive the Running of the Bulls' author gored at Pamplona's San Fermin festival

Bill Hillmann was gored by a bull in his right thigh.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   July 9, 2014 at 11:04 AM
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PAMPLONA, Spain, July 9 (UPI) -- A Chicago native who helped write "How to Survive the Running of the Bulls" was gored by a bull in his right thigh at the San Fermin festival in Spain.

Bill Hillmann tripped during the bull run at the Pamplona festival on Wednesday and was set upon by one of the charging beasts. He reportedly "suffered two horns."

In addition to Hillmann, 32, a 35-year-old man from Valencia was also badly gored by one of the bulls, according to the festival's website.

Hillmann, who co-authored the book with John Hemingway, Joe Distler and Alexander Fiske-Harrison, is an practiced runner with 10 years of experience under his belt, sanfermin.com reported.

Fiske-Harrison wrote on his blog that "Buffalo" Bill Hillmann was doing well after surgery.

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