An elephant was killed and two others were injured when a circus truck carrying five of the huge animals overturned in south-eastern Spain.
The vehicle toppled over when overtaking a slow lorry on the A-30 near Pozo Canada in the central region of Castilla-La Mancha on Monday.
Video footage from the scene showed an elephant being hauled away from the crash site as firefighters stabilised the animal by holding its feet.
Pictures showed the lorry on its side on the road, with some of the elephants standing near by.
Civil Guard police tweeted a photo of a uniformed official standing in front of two of the roving animals, and wrote:
"Our Albacete traffic comrades today, attending to some elephants who were victims of an accident in Pozo Canada (unfortunately one of the pachyderms died)."
The head of the government's traffic department, Gregorio Serrano, said on Twitter that early indications suggested the truck had overturned as it tried to overtake another vehicle.