Elephant killed, driver badly hurt in bus crash

A male elephant, 8, is killed after being hit by an interprovincial bus in Hang Chat district, Lampang province, on late Friday night. The bus driver was badly hurt while other passengers were unhurt. (Photo by Aswin Wongkorkaew)

LAMPANG - A male elephant was killed and a man badly hurt when an interprovincial bus rammed into it in Hang Chat district late Friday night. All passengers on board the bus were unhurt.

The Bangkok-Chiang Mai air-conditioned bus, carrying 25 passengers, were travelling on Lampang-Chiang Mai route when it hit the pachyderm walking on the road near Khun Tan hill in Hang Chat district at around 10pm on Friday, said police. The bus was operated by state-run Transport Co.

The force of the crash killed the elephant on the spot. Bus driver Narit Jittrong, 45, was badly injured and trapped in the driver’s seat.

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