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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Elephants Killed By Speeding Train

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Elephants killed when they are hit by a TRAIN speeding through the jungle.


Elephants part of a herd crossing railroad tracks in eastern India
Passenger train hit herd - killing two adult females and one calf instantly
Another died later from its injuries
By ANTHONY BOND

Four elephants have been killed after they became trapped on a railway line and were hit by a speeding train. The elephants were part of a herd crossing the railroad tracks in eastern India when the express passenger train ploughed into them. Two adult female elephants and one calf were killed at the scene while another died later from its injuries.
Horrific: Four elephants were killed when a herd crossing railroad tracks in eastern India was hit by an express passenger train
 
Sad: Villagers attempted to join in the rescue effort but could not save the two adult female elephants and one calf which died at the scene. Another died later from its injuries.

They were hit by the Mahananda Express Passenger train early today in Jalpaiguri district, nearly 400 miles east of Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state. The track, which connects Siliguri to Assam, was closed down for several hours after the collision, as other elephants were guarding the dead and injured animals.Nearby villagers attempted to join in the rescue effort but could not save the two adult female elephants and one calf which died at the scene. A crane was even needed to remove the carcass of one of the elephants.

Awful: A crane removes the carcass of a female elephant near Banarhat village, in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal. The track was closed down for several hours after the collision
 
Campaign: Activists have called for trains to lower their speeds through areas populated with elephants

Railway spokesman Jayant Sharma said the accident site was outside the state's elephant corridor and there was no warning from the forest department about the movement of the elephants. Dozens of elephants have died in recent years in such accidents as trains run through national parks and forests. Activists have called for trains to lower their speeds through such areas. India's wild elephant population was recently estimated at about 26,000.
 
   
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AIJAZ AHMED
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