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Wild elephant flees injured after being struck by van

May 19. 2017
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By The Nation

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A wild elephant struck by a van transporting junior students along a Rayong road Friday morning might have been severely injured. It’s being tracked in Khao Wong National Park.

Police said the accident occurred at 6am on Kong Din Road in Klaeng district’s Tambon Kong Din.

Driver Witthaya Suwannarat, 25, was taking the students to Triam Suksa Na Yai Arm School in Chanthaburi, where he’s also a teacher. 

He told police heavy rainfall obscured his view and he saw two elephants crossing the road too late to stop. He struck one of them in the hindquarters, briefly knocking it to its knees, but the animal rose again and fled into the adjacent national park.

Park chief Sophon Boonma said he would dispatch officials to track the elephant and attend to any injury.

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