In a tragic incident, two elephants, including a calf, were killed after being hit by a goods train at a place between the Patharkhola and Lamsakhang railway stations under the Lumding Division in the wee hours today.
The incident took place at around 1:15 am. The pachyderms were hit by the goods train while they were trying to cross the railway track and both died on the spot. “The exact place where the incident took place is a notified elephant corridor. There is a speed restriction of 30 km per hour for all trains in the notified corridor.
The goods train was travelling within the prescribed speed limit. Despite that the accident took place. A fact finding departmental inquiry has been ordered to find out the cause of the incident and find out if there was any human error,” Subhanan Chanda, Chief Public Relations Officer of Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), said.
Among the two elephants that died, one was an adult female and the other was her calf. “The bodies were removed from the track within two-three hours and regular train services resumed operation through the stretch,” he said.