4 elephants run over by speeding train, died on spot


Bhubaneswar: Four elephants including one tusker were killed after they were hit by a goods train near Bagdihi Forest range in Jharsuguda district on Monday morning.

A herd of elephants was crossing the rail line in the wee hours of the morning when the incident took place.

According to reports, the herd comprising of a tusker, two female elephants and a baby elephant – was crossing over the railway at around 4 am on Monday when they were hit by the speeding train leading to death of all the four elephants on the spot.

“The accident is believed to have occurred at around 3.30 a.m. and 4 a.m. when a herd of elephants was crossing the railway line near Bagdihi Railway Station,” Sushant Kumar, Divisional Forest Officer of Jharsuguda Territorial Division said.

Train movements along Howrah-Mumbai down line were affected as carcasses of elephant were lying on the track for four hours. Trains including Bokaro-Allepy Express, Tapaswini Express were halted at Jharsuguda Station.

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