Tourist, 30, killed after being struck on head by church bell in freak accident

The Church in El Pinell de Brai, Tarragona (Google Maps)
The Church in El Pinell de Brai, Tarragona (Google Maps)

A 30-year-old tourist has reportedly died after being struck on the head by a ringing church bell in Spanish city Tarragona.

The man, thought to be Spanish, was hit while visiting the tower of a church in El Pinell de Brai region on Saturday morning.

He was instantly killed by the large, ringing bell while it was being rung as part of the church's post-Easter celebrations.

Spanish churches maintain a tradition of involving visitors in the Santa Magdalena romeria, held two weeks after Easter.

According to the Daily Mail, the man was part of a group which had travelled from Terra Alta in Catalonia and he had climbed the church tower when he took the blow to the head.

Laura Vallespí, mayor of Pinell de Brai region which covers Terra Alta, has declared three days of mourning and suspended the Santa Magdalena festivities.

She said: “There has always been a tradition of ringing the bell for Santa Magdalena. Unfortunately, this did not end well today.”

While the bell ringing is a tradition, the mayor has not ruled out observing it differently in future.

Ms Vallespí added: “Surely it will have to be done differently. We will let today pass because we are in a state of shock, and then we will evaluate it between the City Council, the Santa Magdalena association and the church.”