A 27-year-old pregnant woman of Thengumarahatta village gave birth to a still born child after an agonising one hour wait at a road blocked by six adult pachyderms, forest officials said.
They said the woman developed labour pains last evening following which an ambulance was requistioned from nearby Bhavanisagar to take her to a hospital.
When the van neared Kallampalayam six adult pachyderms were found standing in mid road, making it impossible for the driver to pass through.
After a wait of more than an hour, he contacted villagers at Thengumarahatta on his mobile. They arrived there in a panchayat jeep, only to find the elephants had already left.
The woman gave birth to a still born child. She was then transported to the Government hospital at Sathyamangalam, where she is undergoing treatment, officials said.