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4 elephants run over by speeding train, died on spot

16 April 2018

Four elephants died after they were ramped by a goods train near Telidihi Village in Odisha's Jharsuguda on Monday morning. Forest officials are trying to remove the carcass.

"Although there was no elephant movement in the area for the past three to four months, the railway authorities were duly informed to reduce train speed in that section. However, we will inquire under which circumstances the accident took place", said Assistant Conservator of Forest Pradip Kumar Dhal.

The incident occurred near the Bagdihi forest range, said a forest department official.

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The incident caused disruption in the movement of trains in the section that comes under South-Eastern Railway.

Later, train services were smooth after the bodies were removed from the tracks. The elephants were hit by the Bokaro-Alleppey Express near Bagdihi Railway Station, The Hindu reported.

According to reports, a herd of elephants was hit by a freight train while the pachyderms were crossing railway tracks around 4 am, resulting in death of four elephants including one tusker.

4 elephants run over by speeding train, died on spot