IPOH: Five people escaped unhurt after their car was attacked by an elephant on the East-West Highway near Gerik on Sunday (Aug 2).
In the 7pm incident, the elephant was said to have stomped on the car's bonnet after it was spooked by the car horn.
According to sources, the car, which was heading towards Gerik from Kelantan, had stopped after spotting the animal in the middle of the road.
"Another vehicle behind the car honked and riled the animal.
"The five people in the car managed to escape.
"All of them hitch-hiked to the Banjaran Titiwangsa R&R area," the source added.
Gerik OCPD Supt Zulkifli Mahmood confirmed the incident on Monday (Aug 3).
Meanwhile, Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Yusoff Shariff said the department has received a report on the incident and has tasked its officers to check the surrounding area.
Yusoff said motorists plying the road should be patient and not use their high-beam lights at night.
"They are also advised not to honk in their attempt to drive away elephants," he said.
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