Elephant train in India hit by herd (Video)

In India, the train hit the elephant herd: 2 offspring and 7 elephants died as a passenger train hit the elephant herd passing through railways in eastern India.
West Bengal State Forestry Minister Hiten Burman announced that the train, which traveled 80 kilometers per hour in the Chapramari Forest, hit a 40-elephant herd crossing the road.
According to Burman's statement, the elephants that escaped during the accident later returned to the railroad and waited for hours at the head of the deceased herd members. The elephants were chased by railroad officials and forest guards, but were driven away from the scene.
Pointing out that a corridor for elephants was created in the Jalpaiguri region, 670 kilometers from the state capital of Calcutta, Burman stated that they asked the machinists to decrease their speed when entering the corridor, but their demands were generally ignored.
In 2004 alone, at least 50 elephants have died in train crashes in West Bengal. In India, where elephants are considered a national heritage, railways pass through many national parks and forests. It is believed that 26 thousand elephants live in India.



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