Elephant dies after circus truck overturns on Spanish road

Elias Hubbard
April 3, 2018

One elephant was killed and two others were injured after a truck carrying five pachyderms crashed on a highway.

The circus truck, which was carrying five elephants, overturned as it was trying to overtake a slow-moving auto in the central region of Castilla-La Mancha, according to the government department that oversees Spain's road network.

Emergency services were forced to winch one of the huge animals from the road as others wandered loose and the dead animal was removed from a ditch. Video footage showed an elephant being hauled away from the crash scene as firefighters stabilised the animal by holding its feet, one of which appeared to be bandaged.

The head of the government's traffic department, Gregorio Serrano, said on Twitter early indications suggested the truck had overturned as it tried to overtake another vehicle.

The driver of the truck involved in the crash was not injured, officials told Europa Press.

It said (in Spanish) that they are being looked after by the local authority until they can be transferred.

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