The signs were there.

Police in Thailand are reporting that a man was fatally crushed by an elephant on Wednesday afternoon after he rear-ended the animal with his car.

The driver had been traveling down narrow roads near Khao Yai National Park in northeastern Thailand, where wild animals are known to walk — and signs posted warn of the dangers.

Police Lt. Col. Kemchat Paedkaew says the wayward driver apparently did not heed warnings to slow down and rammed the elephant in its hind legs.

The agitated pachyderm responded by stomping on the car, killing the man inside.

The endangered Asian elephant suffers poaching and considerable habitat loss, making human-elephant contact more common. Their species can weigh-in at 6,000-12,000 pounds.

Lt. Col. Paedkaew says they kill about two people a year in that region.