WATCH: Elephants Rampage Through Crowd, Injuring 17

 Seventeen people were injured when two elephants at a Sri Lankan street pageant went on a rampage on Saturday September 7, local media reported.

TV footage of the parade shows one of the elephants bolting from a group of people before trampling bystanders as it ran down the road.

Starting from a 600-year-old Buddhist temple, the annual street pageant or Perahera sees dancers and elaborately decorated elephants parade through the streets of Kotte.

17 injured are being rushed to the hospital after a distressed elephant ran over parade-goers near the Kotte Raja Maha Vihara buddhist temple in the Sri Lanka. Image: DERANA TV

According to local media reports, the injured are receiving treatment at the Kalubowila Teaching Hospital, the Colombo General Hospital, and the Sri Jayawardenapura General Hospital.

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