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3 elephants killed after hit by moving train in Sri Lanka

Press Trust of India  |  Colombo 

At least three wild have been killed by a moving train in the Northeastern Sri Lanka, a said on Sunday.

The incident happened when a herd of 13 was crossing a rail track between the forest reserves of Thrikonamadu and Madura Oya in the Welioya area.

"The three which were hit by the train were killed," the said, adding that the train derailed as a result.

Elephants are considered a national treasure in the island nation with legal protection. The estimated elephant population in the country is under 8,000.

In a similar case last month, two baby elephants and their pregnant mother were killed after they were hit by a train transporting

Following the incident, the engine drivers were instructed to move slow and sound the horn continuously to warn the elephants off the track.

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First Published: Sun, October 07 2018. 10:10 IST