Monday, 28 May 2018 | PNS | Pantnagar — An elephant died after being hit by a locomotive on the Lalkuan-Pantnagar track on Sundaymorning. This is not the first elephant death on caused on these tracks by fatal collisions involving trains as at least two elephants have been killed by train in this region during 2017. According to the memo submitted at Pantnagar railway station by the locomotive pilot Rajesh Kumar and his assistant Udai Kumar Sharma, they had departed on a light engine from Lalkuan for Pantnagar at 2 AM. At about 2:05 AM near the Central Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants, an elephant suddenly came up on the track and was hit by the engine which resulted in its death. In the morning, local women out to collect fodder spotted the dead elephant and informed the locals and forest department. After reaching the site, the forest department officer barricaded the area. After being hit by the engine, the elephant had ended up about 15 feet away from the track. According to the forest staff, the cow elephant killed in the mishap is estimated to be about three to four years in age. Divisional forest officer Kalyani Negi and others also reached the spot after which the post mortem of the dead pachyderm was carried out and the body buried later. The Tanda range officer BS Mehta said that on the orders of the senior department officers, a case will be registered. It was wrong to drive the train at speed in an area known to be an elephant corridor.
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