Just as an enraged elephant attacks a truck, rips off the hood and pushes the 2.5-ton vehicle backwards as a terrified driver in South Africa crawls inside
- Norman Nukeri was traveling to the client’s lodge in Hoedspruit, South Africa
- He stopped his Toyota to let a family of elephants cross a dirt road
- One of the elephants charged at his car and crushed the hood with his trunk
This is the terrifying moment when an enraged elephant attacked a pickup truck and ripped the hood off with its tusks – leaving the driver in fear for his life.
Fuel supply driver Norman Nukeri, 47, was on his way to a customer’s lodge in Hoedspruit, South Africa, on June 1, when he was forced to stop his vehicle when a family of wild African elephants crossed the dirt track.
Within minutes, Mr Nukeri was in fear for his life when one of the elephants began storming toward his Toyota, pushing the 2.5-tonne vehicle and fuel-filled trailer backwards.
The elephant approaches Norman Nukeri’s truck as he travels to a client’s lodge in Hoedspruit, South Africa, on June 1.
Mr Nukeri bangs on his door trying to scare the elephant away as the creature emerges from the bushes
The elephant runs to the pickup truck and puts his trunk on the hood
Dashcam footage shows the elephant stumbling toward the vehicle as Mr. Nukeri bangs on his door in an attempt to scare the creature away.
The animal appears to back up and disappear across the road – but it quickly returns and charges the vehicle head-on.
The hood immediately crumples on impact as the elephant pushes back the large vehicle and fuel-filled trailer, while footage inside the car shows Mr Nukeri frozen with fear.
After the scenes, the shocked driver said he was too scared to leave the vehicle and did not feel safe until rangers from the Klasirie Private Nature Reserve arrived.
Mr. Nukeri, who? is on the same route again today, said: ‘I stopped when I saw the elephants in the distance and the other appeared from the left. I hit the truck and it went away, so I was relieved, but then it came back.
“It came straight at me and pushed the truck. I thought I’d just hold the brake and pull the handbrake up. I was so scared. I didn’t move because I was just in shock.
“I thought it could be a life-threatening situation. I was afraid he would push the truck into the river. I didn’t know what would happen to me. I feared for my life.
Fuel supply driver Norman Nukeri, 47, holds the brake and pulls the handbrake as the elephant pushes his truck
The hood immediately crumples on impact as the elephant pushes the large vehicle backwards
The vehicle was left with a damaged hood and rear end after the June 1 encounter
“I was afraid it would come back again, so I called the office and didn’t want to get out of the vehicle. I didn’t feel safe until the rangers arrived. I was so relieved.
“I’m glad it’s over, but I’m going back to the same place today. I’m going to drive the big truck instead. I will be very careful from now on.
“It’s one thing in a million that happens. I don’t think many people have experienced that. I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.’
After the meeting, footage showed damage to the hood and rear of the vehicle, which Bosbok Gas’s marketing and operations manager Nathan Traut claims will cost around £750 to repair.
Mr Traut expressed relief that his ‘top driver’ had survived unscathed and added that the manager even took him out for a drink after the incident to calm his nerves.
He said: ‘We are very relieved that he is okay, because he is our main driver! When he called he was very out of breath. We went to get him after the incident, but Norman wasn’t driving.
“If you watch the video of him in the truck and look at his T-shirt, you can see his heart pounding. He was in shock for a day or two after that.
“When we got back to town, the director took him out and had a few drinks with him to relax.”