Four elephants killed in India train crash

Train services were affected in the area as the carcasses of the elephants had not yet been removed. Representational Image

Train services were affected in the area as the carcasses of the elephants had not yet been removed. Representational Image

Four elephants were killed and two injured after a train hit a herd in Assam on Saturday night, IANS reported.

A special train has been sent from Lumding, to help the stranded passengers, an official of Northeast Frontier Railway said.

An official from World Wildlife Fund says, areas in Assam where elephant deaths are on the rise have lost 70 per cent of its forest cover, forcing the animals to stray into villages.

The NF Railways, in a statement, said based on inputs received from the forest department a speed restriction of 30kmph had been imposed and all trains were instructed to slow down while passing by issuing caution order to the loco pilots.

The incident took place at Hawaipur area in Karbi Anglong district and bordering area of Hojai district, about 182 km from Guwahati. While prima facie enquiry has revealed that the train was within its stipulated speed, a departmental enquiry has been ordered to find out details of apples and adherence to protocols.

Regional railways spokesman Pranav Jyoti Sharma told The Times of India: 'It is only because of the close co-ordination between field level officials of both the forest and railway department that many elephants were saved'.

On December 10 past year, at least five adult elephants and a calf died after the Guwahati-Naharlagun Express hit them at Balipara in Assam's Sonitpur district. The place of mishap was 10 to 15 KM away from the demarcated elephant corridor.

Five elephants were killed in December after they were hit by a train in the same state.

Seventy elephants had lost their lives a year ago due to electrocution, speeding trains, poisoning, human attacks, and other accidents besides natural death, a forest department official said.

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