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Assam: Speeding train kills 5 elephants

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Feb 12, 2018, 12:14 am IST
Updated Feb 12, 2018, 12:14 am IST
Four elephants died on the spot while one injured pachyderm is battling for life.
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Guwahati: Four wild elephants were killed and another injured when a Guwahati-Silchar passenger train rammed the herd crossing the tracks in central Assam’s Hojai district on Saturday night. 

The wildlife activists said that accident took place at about 9.30 pm near Habaipur an area, which has been identified as an elephant corridor.

 

The engine of the train got disconnected from the bogies due to the impact of the collision, leaving hundreds of passengers stranded. 

Four elephants died on the spot while one injured pachyderm is battling for life.

The railways authority said that the engine of the train got derailed due to the impact but no passenger was injured. 

A special train has been sent from Lumding, to help the stranded passengers, an official of Northeast Frontier Railway said.

Meanwhile, local residents of the area alleged that they even waved and tried to stop the train driver but he could not take note of their signal.

According to the state forest department, 110 elephants died in 2016 and 118 in 2015.

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Location: India, Assam




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