A wild tusker ran amok and trampled an old woman to death in Satmor area on the Dehradun-Rishikesh road, officials said on Friday. The incident occurred last night when 85-year-old Maheshwari Devi, along with her son and daughter-in-law, was going to her daughter's house in Dhalwala area of Rishikesh in a car. Suddenly the tusker appeared from the nearby jungles and attacked the car. While Devi's son and daughter-in-law got down from the car and managed to run away from the scene, the elephant caught her by its trunk. The tusker repeatedly pummeled Devi against the ground killing her almost instantly.
After being informed about the incident, forest and police personnel reached the spot and fired shots in the air to scare the elephant back into the jungle. The deceased belonged to Dharampur area of Dehradun.