By Sonthanaporn Inchan, 12th November 2016;
Authorities are searching for a wild Asian Elephant (Elephas maximus) that was injured after being struck by a pickup truck late Friday night.
The Elephant, which had wandered away from the Ang Rue Nai Wildlife Sanctuary, was crossing the Sanam Chai Khet-Tha Takiab Road between kilometre makers 93 and 94 in Sanam Chai Khet district when the pickup struck it at around 11.30pm on Friday, said Pol Capt Banpot Ruamphat, a deputy crime suppression officer at the Sanam Chai Khet police station.
Police and rescue workers rushed to the scene after being alerted and found the badly damaged pickup at the scene. Driver Phet Khampao, 45, of Si Sa Ket, was trapped in the wreckage.
Though badly shaken by the incident, he suffered only minor injuries. He was taken to a hospital and later discharged.
Police observed skid marks on the road for almost 10 metres, as well as bloodstains, indicating that the Elephant had gone into the nearby forest, covering more than 22,000 rai. Forestry officials from the sanctuary were deployed to search for the injured Elephant but have not yet found it.
Authorities said it was not known if the Elephant was female or male, or whether it came alone or was followed by other Elephants. The driver only told police that the animal was big, said Pol Capt Banpot.
Source: Bangkok Post