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23 Sep, 2008 14:49

Runaway elephant dies hit by a bus

Runaway elephant dies hit by a bus

A young female elephant broke through the circus gates and ran onto a busy highway not far from Mexico City’s Teotihuacán pyramids and was fatally hit by a bus. The driver of the bus also died following the crash, some passengers were also injured.

Police said the bus had no chance of avoiding the elephant.

According to a circus worker, the 5-tonne animal had never shown signs of hostile behaviour before, but managed to escape, while untied for feeding in the early hours of Tuesday.

The elephant, named Hilda was 40.