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Elephant kills a US tourist pulling her out of vehicle in Zambia

Elephant kills a US tourist pulling her out of vehicle in Zambia

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New York: A US tourist traveling in Zambia was trampled to death by an elephant during a safari drive on Wednesday.

Juliana Gle Tourneau, 64, from New Mexico died after the elephant attacked her pulling her out of the vehicle, Metro reported.

The incident occurred when the group was stopped by en elephant herd near the Maramba Cultural Bridge in Livingstone.

Juliana Gle Tourneau, who was declared dead on arrival at clinic, suffered deep wounds on the right shoulder blade and forehead, a fractured left ankle, and a slightly depressed chest.

‘'after being knocked from a parked vehicle which had stopped due to traffic caused by elephants around the Maramba Cultural Bridge,’ Southern Province Police Commissioner Auxensio Daka was quoted as saying.

It is not known whether anyone else was injured in the elephant attack.

This is the second fatal elephant attack involving a US tourist in Zambia this year.

During a drive in Zambia's Kafue National Park in March a 79-year-old woman from Minnesota, Gail Mattson, died when an elephant overturned the truck she was traveling, injuring five others.

Following incident, Zambian authorities urged tourists to exercise extreme caution while observing wildlife.

However, experts say that human deaths from encounters with elephants are rare.

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