A wild elephant died in Lampang province after being hit by a bus travelling from Bangkok to Chiang Mai on Friday night, leaving the driver with serious injuries.
None of the 25 passengers aboard the bus was hurt.
It is believed the male elephant died instantly, while the bus driver, Narit Jitthrong, was transferred to a hospital.
The daily duty officer of Hang Chat Police Station, Captain Wiroj Saeng-eiam, who reported the accident on Chiang Mai-Lampang Rd, said the elephant had escaped from the Doi Phamueang Wildlife Sanctuary.
The animal belonged to the Elephant Reintroduction Foundation, and had been released into the wild. Wildlife sanctuary officers collected the carcass.
Friends of the Asian Elephant Foundation secretary-general Soraida Salwala said: “I would like to ask the relevant agencies to figure how to prevent such an accident occurring again.
“This is not the first time that a wild elephant was killed in a road accident. It is an elephant’s nature to live in the forest and when an elephant is reintroduced to the wild, the related agencies should find measures to prevent the elephant from escaping out of the forest, or they may face an accident like this.”