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Five elephants run over and killed by train in Assam

Press Trust of India  |  Guwahati 

Five elephants were killed after being hit by a train while crossing rail tracks in Assam's district, a said today.

A herd of elephants was crossing the rail tracks at Habaipur near Lumding reserve forest when the Guwahati-Silchar Express hit them last night, killing five on the spot, he said.

were affected in the area as the carcasses of the elephants had not yet been removed.

The area where the accident occurred falls under the corridor and was included in the list of 19 places where elephants cross the railway tracks at Lumding, and ranges.

A said the trains maintain a speed limit of 20 km per hour in the corridors.

The engine of the train was damaged and efforts were underway to restore at the earliest, he said.

Seventy elephants had lost their lives last year due to electrocution, speeding trains, poisoning, human attacks, and other accidents besides natural death, a forest department official said.

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First Published: Sun, February 11 2018. 12:10 IST