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Four people were injured after a passenger van they were traveling in hit a wild elephant trying to cross a road in a wildlife sanctuary area in Non Dindaeng district of Buriram Saturday.
One of the injured passenger said the chartered van was rented to take them from Chanthaburi to Mukdaharn on a merit-making trip.
While the van was running on the road, a wild elephant emerged from the roadside bush instantly and ran across the road.
The instant appearance caused the driver to unable to stop the vehicle in time.
It hit the elephant and was badly damaged.
The elephant ran into the jungle with injury.
Four people, included the driver were injured. They were later sent to nearby hospital for treatment.
Dong Yai wildlife sanctuary chief Sonsuan Raksat said a special team was arranged to look for the injured elephant.
If the animal is seriously injured they will seek help from veterinarian to take care of it.