Elephant tramples tourist to death in Thailand

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Posted: Feb 24, 2011 7:32 AM
Elephant tramples tourist to death in Thailand

Police in Thailand say an elephant trampled a Swiss tourist to death during what was supposed to be a peaceful ride through the jungle in the south of the tropical country.

Police Lt. Col. Apidej Chuaikua says the 63-year-old woman died Tuesday when a pair of elephants carrying her and four other tourists crossed paths and began fighting in a forest in Surat Thani province.

Chuaikua said Thursday that one of the elephants reared up, throwing the woman to fall to the ground, where she was stomped repeatedly.

Swiss government officials could not immediately be reached for comment.

Chuaikua said four other tourists suffered minor injuries when they jumped off the elephants' backs and fled. Their nationalities were not immediately known.