Woman killed by elephant in Hua Hin

Woman killed by elephant in Hua Hin

PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN — A wild elephant killed an elderly woman in the Kaeng Krachan National Park area in Hua Hin district Tuesday evening.

Poonsub Noknuam, 65, was trampled in the accident on Nong Plub-Pa La-u Road between the Hoob Tao forest protection unit and Kaeng Krachan national park, Pol Lt Ronnachai Chobka of the Nong Plub police station told Daily News Online.

Her husband, Chaluay, 67, told police he was taking his wife on motorcycle and following a pickup truck, when a large male elephant came out of the roadside bush and stopped in the middle of the road, in front of the truck.

The truck driver stopped and the couple was still on their bike, hiding behind the truck so that the animal could not see them, Mr Chaluay said. But the jumbo suddenly ran past the truck and struck the motorbike with his tusks, throwing him and Poonsub to the ground. The elephant then stomped Poonsub, killing her instantly.

Mr Chaluay, who sustained scratches from the fall, said he screamed for help and nearby park officials came to chase the elephant away.      

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