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Horror moment crazed elephant FLIPS safari truck killing US tourist, 80, after terrifying 1.5-mile chase


THIS is the shocking moment a rampaging elephant chased a safari truck before flipping it – killing an elderly tourist.

Six holidaymakers were touring the Kafue National Park in Zambia, southern Africa, when the five-ton beast started running after them.

The beast can be seen charging after the truck


The beast can be seen charging after the truckCredit: X@ginnydmm
It uses its tusks to flip the vehicle


It uses its tusks to flip the vehicleCredit: X@ginnydmm
The truck was left on its side and a tourist was killed


The truck was left on its side and a tourist was killed

Nail-biting footage shows the angry bull elephant thumping along flat out trying to catch up.

One of the startled tourists can be heard saying: “It’s coming fast”.

The ranger driving then suddenly stops the truck.

Realising it has caught up, the elephant then swings right and attacks the vehicle as the driver shouts: “Hey hey hey hey hey.”

The tusked beast then uses its three-foot tusks to hook under the truck and flip it onto its side as the terrified tourists screamed and clung to their seats.

As the truck crashes over, the video cuts off.

A woman from the US, 80, was killed in the incident – but it is unclear whether she died when the truck rolled or if the elephant trampled her.

Another tourist was seriously injured and four others had minor injuries.

Questions have been asked on online safari forums over why the ranger decided to halt the vehicle.

One said: “When you are being chased by a 5 ton elephant and you are in a safari truck with big bull bars trust me you simply never run out of road”

It is believed all the guests on the truck were Americans staying at the Lufupa River Camp in the Kafue National Park, which is the oldest and second largest safari park in the world.

The tented camp charges £350 per person per night.

Wilderness Chief Executive Officer Keith Vincent said: “At around 9.30am on Saturday the six guests were on the game drive when the vehicle was unexpectedly charged by the bull elephant. 

“Our guides are all extremely well trained and experienced but sadly the terrain and vegetation was such that the guide’s route became blocked.

 “He could not move the vehicle out of harm’s way quickly enough.”

Police are investigating the incident.

Mr Vincent added: “This is an extremely tragic event and we extend our deepest condolences to the family of the guest who died. 

“We are also, naturally supporting those guests and the guide involved in this distressing incident.  The deceased will be repatriated to the USA”

Wilderness is a leading conservation and hospitality company that welcomes guests to many African countries to help conserve iconic wilderness areas.

It currently helps conserve six million acres of land over eight African countries.

The Kafue National Park is the size of Wales set over 22,000sqkm and is home to the African Big 5 – lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinocerouss.

Elephants kill an estimated 500 people a year in Africa.

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