Four elephants were killed in Assam's Nagaon district on Saturday after being hit by a speeding train.
The incident in an area known to be the elephant corridor. Locals claimed that the area had already been identified as an elephant corridor, and they had waved at the train driver to ask him to stop. After hitting the elephants, the engine of the passenger train derailed.
Mr Sharma told the Times of India that, although an investigation had been ordered, the train appeared to have been "within its stipulated speed". Apart from train accidents, there have been deaths of a large number of wild elephants due to poisoning and electrocution also.
"The incident happened around 9-40 last evening and took place between Hawaipur and Lamsikham of Lumding division". A passenger train collided with a herd of elephants crossing the tracks, an official said yesterday, killing four of the endangered animals in the accident.
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On December 10 previous year, at least five adult elephants and a calf died after the Guwahati-Naharlagun Express hit them at Balipara in Assam's Sonitpur district.
There are almost 30,000 elephants in India and in 2017 an estimated 60 of the animals were killed on train tracks.
Elephant deaths, due to accidents, are on the rise in Assam.
According to the reports, over 150 wild elephants have died unnaturally in Assam between 2013 and 2017.