Mangaluru: A pachyderm went wild in Dakshina Kannada district, damaging a van using its trunk on the wee hours of Saturday.
The incident occurred at Bilinele on Uppinangady-Subrahmanya state highway and a person was severely injured in the incident. Meanwhile, six persons escaped with minor injuries, sources added.
Police sources said that the action of the van driver, who stopped the vehicle close to the wild jumbo after spotting it, panicked the elephant.
"When the driver saw a wild jumbo crossing the road, he stopped the car close it. Panicked elephant attacked the car," the sources said.
The attack was so severe that the front portion of the car is badly mangled. The van was carrying a group of passengers, who were on a pilgrimage.
Fortunately, a bus passed that route while the jumbo was attacking the van and it left the place.