In a gruesome tragedy, three elephants, two of them pregnant females and a calf, were killed after being struck by a speeding train at Moraghat in West Bengal. One femae elephant that was also injured in the accident has been taken to Gorumara for treatment
Mahananda Link Express struck the herd, consisting of around 20 elephants, at around 4 AM on 30th May, 2013 morning while they were crossing the track from Moraghat to Reti forest despite the driver of the locomotive applying brakes
The train was travelling at high speed and it mowed through the herd, tossing the bodies of two of the elephants almost 250 meters away from the track, while the body calf and a female elephant were found on the track .....
Official figures show at least 42 elephants had been killed in West Bengal since 2004. India is home to around 25,000 elephants. Their numbers are dwindling due to poaching and the destruction of their habitats by humans and the running trains.Posted on: 31 May, 2013