Train mows down four jum­bos, Rlys, for­est dept trade charges

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES NATION - NEWS NET­WORK

TIMES Bhubaneswar/Jhar­sug­uda/Jamshed­pur: Four ele­phants, in­clud­ing two calves, were mowed down by a train in Odisha’s Jhar­sug­uda district at 3.30am on Mon­day.

The 12810 Howrah-Mum­bai Mail hit a herd of ele­phants search­ing for food in Bagdihi for­est range. The ac­ci­dent took place be­tween Bamra and Bagdihi sta­tions un­der Chakrad­harpur rail­way di­vi­sion of the South Eastern Rail­way (SER).

The im­pact flung one of the calves away from the tracks, while the adults lay on the line, af­fect­ing rail traf­fic for four hours. Earth movers were used to clear the tracks. Around 20 trains were stranded along the route.

The SER has or­dered a di- vi­sional rail­way man­ager-level probe, while the Odisha govern­ment will also launch an in­quiry. The ac­ci­dent trig­gered a blame game be­tween for­est and rail­way of­fi­cials.

SER pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer San­jay Ghosh said the for­est de­part­ment did not alert them. For­est min­is­ter Bi­jayshree Routray, how­ever, said an ad­vi­sory had been given to rail­ways be­tween April 11-14.

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