An elephant crossing the railway track at Deepor Beel area, about 15km from Guwahati on Friday morning, was hit by a moving train. Though the elephant survived, the incident once again brought to the fore the precarious condition of elephants while crossing railway tracks.
According to reports, the train was travelling at a very slow speed when the accident took place. “The elephant is seriously injured,” said a forest official.
This is not the first time an elephant was hit by a train in the area. A number of elephants were knocked down to death by speeding trains at Deepor Beel area. Elephants frequently cross the tracks to reach the Deepor Beel wetland.