Train Kills Elephants Crossing Tracks
(West Bengal, India)
A passenger train in eastern India ploughed into a herd of elephants, killing seven including two calves, as they walked across the tracks in a forest, authorities have said.The herd returned and stood there, remembering the fallen. Sad.
The crash was the worst of its kind in recent memory, said Hiten Burman, forestry minister in West Bengal on Thursday. Ten other elephants were seriously injured and the death toll could rise, he said.
The train was travelling at 50mph (80kph) through the Chapramari forest when it struck the herd of 40 elephants crossing the tracks on Wednesday at dusk, Burman said.
"The herd scattered, but returned to the railway tracks and stood there for quite some time before they were driven away by forest guards and railroad workers who rushed to the spot after the accident," he said.