Four Elephants were killed by train in Odisha Jharsuguda District at 3.30 AM on Monday. The Howrah-Mumbai mail hit a herd of elephant in searching for food in Bagdihi forest range. This accident took place between Bamra and Bagdihi stations under Chakradharpur railway division.
The impact flung the adults lay on the line, while one of the calves away from the tracks, affecting rail traffic for four hours. Earth movers were used to clearing the tracks. Around 20 trains, including the Alappuzha-Dhanbad Express, and the Howrah-Mumbai Gitanjali Express, the Howrah-Ahmedabad SF Express were stranded along the route.
The SER has ordered a divisional railway manager-level probe, while the Odisha government will also inquire about the causes of the accident. The accident has triggered a blame game between the forest and railway officials.
The railways claimed that the forest department did not alert them about the presence of elephants in this area. “…The train speed could have been brought down to 50 kmph if the forest department had sent an alert,” SER chief public relations officer Sanjay Ghosh said.
Forest minister Bijayshree Routray, however, told that an alert had been sounded and he has documents to prove the causes of the accident.