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One elephant was killed and two others were injured after a truck carrying five pachyderms crashed on a highway.

One elephant was killed and two others were injured after a truck carrying five pachyderms crashed on a highway.  (PolicíaLocalAlbacete/Twitter)

A truck carrying five elephants crashed on a highway in Spain on Monday, killing at least one of the majestic animals and leaving two injured.

The crash unfolded on highway A-30 near the town Pozo Cañada, located about 180 miles southeast of Madrid, police in Albacete tweeted.

The circus truck rolled past a barrier and into a ditch, Sky News added.

A-30 cortada por caída de camión con elefantes sueltos en la calzada. Cortada autovía dirección Murcia a la altura de pozo Cañada. pic.twitter.com/z0tPg6KDZo

— PolicíaLocalAlbacete (@PoliciaAlbacete) April 2, 2018

Photos posted by the law enforcement agency show three of the five elephants milling around in the lanes of the highway after the accident.

pic.twitter.com/PLZPro1Ief

— Bomberos AB(Oficial) (@sciab_es) April 2, 2018

The director of the General Directorate of Traffic, an autonomous body under the Ministry of the Interior of Spain that's responsible for roads, tweeted the official count of those injured and killed.

Se está procediendo a la asistencia y evacuación de los elefantes heridos en el accidente que ha tenido lugar en Albacete. De los cinco paquidermos hay uno muerto y dos heridos. En breve de restablecerá la circulación en la A-30 en el pk 22/23. pic.twitter.com/fhGypNDYGm

— Gregorio Serrano (@Gserrano_DGT) April 2, 2018

Gregorio Serrano posted a video of authorities lifting one elephant into another truck after the crash.

Precaucion conductores: Elefantes en la calzada en la A30. pic.twitter.com/AevALBSkES

— Bomberos AB(Oficial) (@sciab_es) April 2, 2018

The driver of the truck involved in the crash was not injured, officials told Europa Press. 

Según las investigaciones preliminares, el accidente del camión cargado de elefantes se ha producido al adelantar éste a un vehículo de transporte especial y al incorporarse en el carril derecho se ha producido el vuelco. Atestados de la ATGC de Albacete investiga el accidente. pic.twitter.com/Np0jbX0qQl

— Gregorio Serrano (@Gserrano_DGT) April 2, 2018

Serrano said on Twitter that according to preliminary investigations, the accident happened after trying to pass another vehicle in the right lane. 

pic.twitter.com/q5E5ldSXqJ

— Bomberos AB(Oficial) (@sciab_es) April 2, 2018

Se restablece la circulación en la A-30, pk 22. Felicidades a la Jefa de Tráfico de Albacete, Agrupación de Tráfico de la @guardiacivil, Bomberos y empresas colaboradoras por la eficacia y rapidez en la apertura de la autovía. pic.twitter.com/KxvgFnVM7O

— Gregorio Serrano (@Gserrano_DGT) April 2, 2018

Other photos and videos posted on social media show the elephants wandering around on the road with minor injuries.

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) responded: "Animals in circuses are caged and chained for the majority of their lives and forced to perform tricks under threat of punishment, which is why PETA asserts that the only way to ensure their safety is to end their use in circuses altogether. PETA is also calling for an examination by police of the driver's record and public disclosure of veterinary care for the surviving elephants."

Fox News' Mike Arroyo contributed to this report.

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Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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