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Alipurduar, Mar 5 (IBNS): A full grown elephant was crushed to death by an Assam bound train in the Dooars region of West Bengal disrupting rail movement between the state and Northeast.
The mishap occurred around 8 am when the Guwahati bound Samparkkranti Express was speeding between Alipurudar and Rajabhatkawa, one of the major elephant hubs in India.
Divisional Railway Manager, Alipurduar, Birendera Kumar said the driver of the train could not save the jumbo despite using the emergency brake as the mammoth creature blocked the entire track all of a sudden. He said the train came to a screeching halt under the impact of flesh and bones of the tusker.
While the movement of the train through the Dooars was disrupted, the local people staged a demonstration demanding explanation why the death occurred despite existing regulation of limiting of the speed of the train in the Dooars.
Another Delhi bound train was stranded at Kalchini as the railway officials were trying to restore the situation.
While the Siliguri-Alipurduar railway track is famous for the beautiful landscape it traverses through, it is equally dangerous for the wild animals.
According to an estimate nearly 52 jumbos have been killed in the Dooars in train accident in past thirteen years.