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