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Pickup truck crashes into elephant as herd runs across Chon Buri road

Caitlin Ashworth

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A herd of wild elephants running across a road in Chon Buri caused a driver to crash into an elephant, damaging his Isuzu pickup truck and injuring a 20 year old passenger.

34 year old Sompong Duangknam says he was heading to the province’s Ban Ang Kraden district when a group of about 20 elephants ran out of the forest and cut in front of his truck. He says he couldn’t stop in time and crashed into an elephant.

The injured animal didn’t stop and continued to run across the road, following the rest of the herd into the forest, the driver says. Local officials are tracking the elephant’s footprints to find the injured elephant and give it medical treatment.

The village chief Kittipong Kittikul visited Sompong after the incident and said there are many wild elephants in the area and they often damage local farms. The chief says he will send officers to the area to help control the wild animals.

SOURCE: Thai Residents

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    Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 12:46 pm

    I wonder if you can be insured against running into an elephant?

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      Issan John

      Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Could be worse – hitting a camel’s a lot more dangerous!

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    Remo

    Tuesday, October 20, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Gosh, are there wild elephants roaming around here in very urban Chonburi county?

    I thought they were only in the jungles up North.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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