4 jum­bos die as speed­ing train rams into herd

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA -

Jhar­sug­uda (Odisha): Four ele­phants were killed af­ter be­ing run over by a train near a level cross­ing under Ba­gadihi For­est Range area in Jhar­sug­uda district on Mon­day.

The tragedy struck when the jum­bos were cross­ing the rail­way track on the HowrahMum­bai line near Te­ladihi in the wee hours, said As­sis­tant Con­ser­va­tor of Forests (ACF) P K Dhal.

Two tuskers and two fe­male pachy­derms were killed in the in­ci­dent, he said, adding that jum­bos of­ten pass through the area which was an ele­phant cor­ri­dor.

The im­pact of the mishap was so se­vere that the pachy­derms were thrown away quite a dis­tance, said an of­fi­cial.

Se­nior rail­way of­fi­cials rushed to the site and ar­range­ments were made for re­moval of the car­casses, he said.

The traf­fic on the Howrah-Mum­bai down line was also af­fected fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent. Some trains were con­trolled at dif­fer­ent sta­tions be­fore nor­malcy was re­stored on the route, said of­fi­cials.

Dhal said the for­est of­fi­cials had al­ready urged the rail­way au­thor­i­ties to en­sure the run­ning of trains at slow speed in ele­phant cor­ri­dors.

Ac­cord­ing to norms, driv­ers must limit the speed of trains to 30 kmph while pass­ing through ele­phant cor­ri­dors and con­stantly blow horns to alert the jum­bos cross­ing rail­way tracks.

Wildlife ex­perts and ac­tivists ex­pressed con­cern over the in­ci­dent and said the rail­ways must take steps to con­trol train speeds in iden­ti­fied cross­ing zones and pre­vent such in­ci­dents.

The car­casses of ele­phants be­side tracks near Baamda Sta­tion on Mon­day—PTI

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