The southern city of Málaga observed the first of two days of mourning on Sunday, after a six-year-old child was run over by one of the floats that formed part of the traditional King’s Day parade.
The youngster, named as Miguel R. M., was at the event with his parents and older sister. He managed to slip free from his parents, and, along with several other children, ran out on to the route of the parade to collect the candy that was being thrown down from the float.
Unlike the other two children, Miguel was able to make his way underneath the float, and was run over by one of its rear wheels. Despite attempts at the scene to revive him, he died just a few minutes after the accident happened.
The accident has called in to question the safety measures taken at such events. The mayor of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre, said on Sunday that “logically, all of our safety protocols will be revised.” Speaking after the funeral of the child, he stressed that “the parade met all of the relevant safety regulations.”