Elephant killed by speeding train inside Buxa tiger reserve
An elephant was run over by a passenger train in broad daylight in the Buxa Tiger Reserve on Tuesday morning, according to officials of the Forest Department. The incident occurred at about 7.30 a.m. The elephant was crossing the track when the Sampark Kranti Express rammed into the animal, dragging it for about 200 metres before coming to a halt.
Sadly this fatal collision was not an isolated incident.
As recently as December last year, five elephants were killed after they were hit by a passenger train in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. They were crossing railway tracks with their herd. At the moment there are around 26,000 wild elephants in India. PTI