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WATCH: Elephants disaster on a Spanish highway

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Five elephants forced the closure of a motorway in south-eastern Spain after escaping from a crashed vehicle.

One of the elephants died from injuries that it sustained, while two others were hurt, local police say. The injured animals had to be lifted by a crane from the carriageway. The incident occurred on Monday afternoon in the town of Pozo Canada near Albacete in the Murcia region.

The driver of the truck involved in the crash was not injured. The vehicle is believed to be a circus lorry. The director of the government department responsible for Spain's road transport network, Gregorio Serrano, posted a video of the elephant evacuation to social media.