A man was seriously injured after he was trampled by an elephant at Km 19, of the Gerik-Jeli East-West Highway (JRTB), near a memorial monument at the highway

GERIK: A man was seriously injured after he was trampled by an elephant at Km 19, of the Gerik-Jeli East-West Highway (JRTB), near a memorial monument at the highway yesterday.

Gerik police chief Supt Ismail Che Isa said in the incident around 4.30pm, the victim, M. Paramanazan, 69, who came from Sungai Siput Utara Perak suffered fractures to his left arm and rib, injuries to the right arm and was also believed to suffer from a broken neck.

“Paramanazan and his son, in his 40s, were travelling to Gerik through the JRTB route. When they reached the memorial, the victim who wanted a close-up view of the elephant got down from the lorry.

“However, he was suddenly chased and trampled by the elephant when he tried to approach the animal,” Ismail said in a statement here tonight.

The son’s victim who was driving the lorry brought him to the Gerik Hospital before he was transferred to the Taiping Hospital for follow-up treatment. -- Bernama