Published: Mon, April 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Four wild elephants killed in Odisha on rail track

Four wild elephants killed in Odisha on rail track

Four elephants died after they were ramped by a goods train near Telidihi Village in Odisha's Jharsuguda on Monday morning.

"They were also requested to follow guidelines including making continuous hooting along the stretch", he added.

The mishap took place early in the morning while the elephant herd was trying the cross over the railway track in search of food. The elephants were hit by the Bokaro-Alleppey Express near Bagdihi Railway Station, The Hindu reported.

He demanded that responsibility should be fixed on both forest and railway authorities. However, before they could safely cross the tracks they were run over by a goods train, resulting in on the spot death of all four.

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The incident caused disruption in the movement of trains in the section that comes under South-Eastern Railway. The elephants died on the spot and the engine was damaged.

Sethi said the railway department had been asked to reduce the speed of trains while crossing the forest range.

Since April 2010, as many as 15 elephants have been killed after being hit by speeding trains in Odisha.

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