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Elephants Trample Fallen Trainer to Death

THE NATION | IN BRIEF / INDIANA

February 02, 2005|From Times Wire Reports

Asian elephants being loaded onto a truck in Fort Wayne trampled a circus animal trainer to death after the man fell down, authorities said.

Pierre Spenle, 40, fell beneath the elephants when a security bar he was leaning on gave way.

"Once he's on the floor, animal trainers will tell you, he's no longer the trainer. He's another object as if he were a basketball or whatever thrown in among the elephants' feet," Coroner Jan Brandenberger said.

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