Four wild elephants, including two females and a calf, were Monday killed after a gods train hit them as they were crossing the railway tracks near Bagdihi forest range in Jharsuguda district.
"Since it is an elephant corridor we had earlier moved to the Railways and asked them to keep the train on limited speed in that area". Besides, some trains, including Tapaswini Express and Bokaro-Alleppey Express were stranded at Jharsuguda station.
"They were also requested to follow guidelines including making continuous hooting along the stretch", he added.
The railway tracks were inoperable for a few hours after the incident. As per official data, a total of 16 elephants died after being hit by trains in Odisha during the period from 2000 to 2013. The service was restored only after forest officials reached the spot and removed the carcasses with the help of JCB machines. The elephants died on the spot and the engine was damaged.
The incident occurred near the Bagdihi forest range, said a forest department official. In Odisha, over 15 elephants have been killed by speeding trains since 2010.
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