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Media Release: Foreign tourists involved in an accident in the KNP

Date: 15th April 2013

An elephant overturned a vehicle driven by two tourists of Chinese origin i.e. male and female, on the H1-7 tar road between Shingwedzi and Punda Maria in the Kruger National Park (KNP) around 06:30 this morning. The driver (male) sustained injuries and a helicopter, local doctor and paramedics rushed to the scene of the accident to attend to him immediately. 

“It is not yet clear why the elephant turned aggressive, however we would like to appeal to the public to always be on the look-out for these huge animals and try not to get too close whenever they see one approaching on the road; said the KNP’s Head of Communications and Marketing, William Mabasa. 

The tourists slept over at Punda Maria Camp last night and were scheduled to sleep-over at Mopani Camp today. 

The injured driver was taken to Clinix Phalaborwa Private Hospital for further assistance.  

Management is busy verifying the tourists' details on the system in order to contact the Tourism Safety Initiative (TSI), Embassy etc; to further assist with all the other logistics pertaining to accidents in a foreign country.

Issued by:
South African National Parks

William Mabasa
HOD: Communications and Marketing
Kruger National Park
Tel: 013 735 4363; Cell: 082 807 3919 

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