Guwahati-Naharagun train hits herd of seven elephants in Assam; five tuskers killed

Five elephants, including a pregnant one, were killed in the early hours on Sunday after a train hit a herd of seven tuskers at a tea garden in Sonitpur district

PTI December 11, 2017 10:34:18 IST
Guwahati-Naharagun train hits herd of seven elephants in Assam; five tuskers killed

Tezpur: Five elephants, including a pregnant one, were killed in the early hours on Sunday after a train hit a herd of seven tuskers at a tea garden in Sonitpur district, forest officials said.

The incident took place at Bamgaon Tea Estate in the Chariduar police station area near Balipara at 1.30 am, they said.

GuwahatiNaharagun train hits herd of seven elephants in Assam five tuskers killed

Five elephants were killed after train hit herd at tea garden in Sonitpur district in Assam. PTI

The herd was trying to cross railway tracks between the Rangapara and Dhalaibil stations when the Guwahati-Naharlagun Intercity Express hit them, chief conservator of forest (Northern Range) P Shiv Kumar told PTI.

Four female elephants, including a pregnant one, and a male jumbo were killed on the spot, he said. The premature unborn calf came out from its mother's belly due to the massive impact, Kumar said.

He said forest officials were trying to locate the other two elephants, which were part of the herd. The dead elephants were cremated after post-mortem examination, Kumar said. Wild elephants often come out of the nearby Nameri National Park in search of food, he said.

In the last couple of days, a herd of around 70 elephants strayed into the area, near the accident site, a forest official said.

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