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Four elephants hit by goods train in Odisha, die in spot

Four elephants hit by goods train in Odisha, die in spot”

Bhubaneswar: Four wild elephants were killed after a train hit them on a railway track in Odisha's Jharsuguda district on Monday.

The herd of elephants - one tusker, two female elephants and a calf - was crossing the railway line at around 4 am. "Besides, they were also requested to follow guidelines including making continuous hooting along the stretch", said Mr. Kumar.

Forest officials rushed to the spot on receiving the information about the incident.

He demanded that responsibility should be fixed on both forest and railway authorities.

A herd of elephants was crossing the rail line in the wee hours of the morning when the incident took place. Besides, some trains, including Tapaswini Express and Bokaro-Alleppey Express were stranded at Jharsuguda station. The elephants died on the spot and the engine was damaged.

Forest officials said they had asked railway authorities to ensure the trains reduce their speed at the railway crossing near Bagdihi railway station, The Hindu reported.

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



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