Elephant killed by goods train in West Bengal

October 5th, 2008 - 7:05 pm ICT by ANI  

Siliguri, Oct 5 (ANI): An elephant was killed by a goods train near Rajabhat Khawo area of the Bauxa Tiger Reserve Forest of Cooch Bihar District of West-Bengal on early Sunday morning.

According to the forest officials, while crossing the railway track, the elephant collided with the speeding train. The animal was crossing the forest from 21, basti area of the forestland to the other part of the forest. It died soon after colliding with the train.

As a result of the accident, two coaches of the train were also derailed.

The DRM of the East Frontier Railway, R. K. Sinha, along with other officials immediately rushed to the spot.

On the other hand, the Deputy Field Director of the Bauxa Tiger Reserve Forest, A. P. Singh, said we are looking into the matter. If required, then there would be a stoppage on the movement of trains through this route at night, but it would be decided only after high-level discussions, he added. (ANI)

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