I was a guide for over 15 years for 2 "private" game reserves, in that time we lost 2 vehicles to elephant attacks, and in my opinion this was not the same. This just seems like a case of mob attack......first 2 elephants mock charged and stopped ears out and lots of dust, nothing more, the problem is, the 3rd elephant picks up stompies and comes charging with bravado cause everyone else is, seems to me, it just couldn't stop in time, I laughed a little, cause if that elephant was on a decent charge, ears would have been pinned back and it would have destroyed that car, not given it a little bump, and if it was really agitated and not mock charging, when it bumped the vehicle, it probably would have then finished the job when it realised the object wasn't moving. It looks it got as big a fright as the occupants of the vehicle?
Problem is, and always has been, sounds as if the vehicle is off, which is fine, if he had tried to start it while or after the first elephant had mock charged, it startles the animals and puts them into fight of flight mode, which is how I was attacked, I panicked and started the vehicle to get out of there which startled the animal and it then destroyed the vehicle while we were negotiating to get out of its way, what we ascertained was startle response.
My issue is, what provoked them to charge, as it seems the first elephant was angry from a fairly large distance which is odd, if it was because of young, they would normally Shepard the young away first, if not then they deal with the problem, maybe this was an escalation which was prior to the filming? Whether a guest was perhaps hanging outside the confines of the vehicle and breaking the general shape or colour, we can not see and can not surmise either.
Seems the animals are getting more aggressive lately or we are just getting unluckier as tourist or due to increased volumes the odds are getting smaller for attacks.
Stop for elephants, keep a greater distance and keep the motor running if possible. Its great to get the eyeball shot with a 25mm lens, but a 400mm will give the same result from a safer distance