Elephants run over a car in Malaysia after the driver hit a baby elephant

Wild elephants / Photo EPA-EFE/MAPUSHPA KUMARA

A herd of wild elephants ran over a vehicle on a highway in Malaysia after a driver hit a baby elephant with his car, local authorities said yesterday. The driver, a 48-year-old man, his wife and 23-year-old son were in the car.

The family was driving on the main highway from Penang Island to the northeastern coastal state of Terengganu on Sunday when they hit an elephant at 19:35 p.m. local time, CNN reports.

Authorities say it was raining and foggy at the time of the incident. "The car hit a young elephant that was crossing the road with a herd," said Zulkifli Mahmood, the police chief of Gerrick County. The cub fell to the ground from the impact.

"When the other five elephants in the herd saw this, they rushed towards the car and started trampling it. They left the area only after the cub got back on its feet,” Mahmood said.

Police did not specify whether the family members were in the vehicle at the time of the elephant attack or managed to escape, but the police statement did not say there were any deaths or serious injuries.

The photos show extensive damage to the front and sides of the vehicle and broken windows. Due to the rapid development of highways in Malaysia, wild elephants across the peninsula often come on the road to cross to another area in search of food. Signs are posted on many highways to warn drivers of passing elephants, especially in the north of the country.

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