hauling two 2,000-pound circus elephants overturned Aug. 8 in
Rhinebeck, NY, after the rig drifted off the road.
elephants, Paula and Kristi, were headed to their next gig early
Friday morning on Route 9, near the Dutchess County Fairgrounds.
The rig strayed onto the sloping shoulder and the driver, Armando
Rosales of Hugo, OK, lost control of the truck. The trailer hit
a curb and struck a telephone pole.
trailer came to rest on its side, Paula and Kristi were stuck
inside for about three hours. Rescuers cut a hole in the trailer's
roof to free the elephants.
Kristi were only slightly injured. They remained calm through
the ordeal as circus employees tossed treats into the truck.
cited for failing to use the designated lane, an insufficient logbook
and an un-inspected trailer. The Poughkeepsie, NY, show went on
as scheduled the next evening.