Af­ter car strikes its legs, Thai ele­phant fa­tally stomps driver

The Myanmar Times - - Asean Focus -

A man was killed by a wild ele­phant af­ter his speed­ing car hit the an­i­mal near a na­tional park in north­east­ern Thai­land, po­lice said Thurs­day.

Po­lice Lt. Col. Kem­chat Paed­kaew said the ac­ci­dent oc­curred at dusk Wed­nes­day on a small road that has signs telling driv­ers to beware of wild an­i­mals that some­times stray from Khao Yai Na­tional Park.

“Ele­phants don’t come out dur­ing the day but they start com­ing out when it gets dark,” Kem­chat said.

He said the driver was not from the area and failed to slow down when he en­coun­tered the ele­phant. When the ve­hi­cle struck the ele­phant’s back legs, the an­i­mal re­sponded by stomp­ing on the car, de­stroy­ing the en­gine and killing the driver. Kem­chat says up to two peo­ple are killed by ele­phants each year in ar­eas sur­round­ing the park.

The ele­phant struck in the crash was guided back into the park and is be­ing looked af­ter by of­fi­cials there, he said. – AP

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