IPOH: The young elephant found dead along the Gerik-Jeli Highway was knocked down by a woman driver who panicked after seeing a herd there, police said.
Gerik police chief Supt Ismail Che Isa said Aznida Alias was driving along the 43.6km stretch of the highway near Air Banun at about 2.30am on Friday when she came across the elephants.
“It was pitch dark and the teacher did not expect to see a herd of elephants in the middle of the road.
“As the elephants were so close to her car, she could not avoid hitting and killing one of them,” he said.
He said Aznida, 49, who was with her husband and three children, escaped unhurt and lodged a police report later.
Supt Ismail said the teacher was travelling from Tanah Merah to Universiti Teknologi Mara in Arau, Perlis.
He refuted talk that some of the elephants went on a rampage after the incident.
“The rumour that went viral on Facebook and WhatsApp is false and should be stopped as people are now afraid to use the road.
“There was no such thing,” he added.
He said elephants and other wild animals often roamed the area, adding that the herd of elephants was very active from 10pm till the wee hours. — Bernama