Written by Staff Writer
11 Sep, 2015 | 12:46 pm
A three-wheeler travelling on the Mattala – Hamabantota road came under a wild elephant attack in the Kaliyapura area on Friday morning.
A child and two others were travelling in the three-wheeler at the time of the attack. Persons who travel on the Mattala – Hambantota main road have been very vigilant in their travels these days, as reports of the presence of wild elephants roaming the area, have constantly emerged.
A wild elephant chased the three wheeler in a bid to attack it as it went to drop a child to school this morning. On seeing the approaching elephant, the driver of the three wheeler attempted to take the vehicle to the other side of the road, but this resulted in the three wheeler veering off the road and toppling over.
The attempt made by the elephant to attack the three wheeler was foiled by the drivers of two tipper trucks carrying sand, who used their vehicles to block the path of the oncoming beast.
The four-year-old nursery school student, his father, and another person travelling in the three- wheeler sustained injuries in the incident, and are currently receiving treatment at the Hambantota General Hospital.
Residents say that two three-wheelers met with an accident a few weeks ago as they attempted to escape this very elephant. Our correspondent says that the an increasing threat exists as this elephant has been roaming the area for a while, attacking vehicles that travel on the Mattala-Hambantota road.
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