An elephant was run over by a passenger train in broad daylight in the Buxa Tiger Reserve on Tuesday morning, according to officials of the Forest Department. The incident occurred at about 7.30 a.m. The elephant was crossing the track when the Sampark Kranti Express rammed into the animal, dragging it for about 200 metres before coming to a halt, R.P. Saini, the Field Director of the Buxa Tiger Reserve, told The Hindu over telephone.
Although the incident occurred in an area where speed restrictions are imposed on trains, the restrictions are only imposed in the evening when drivers cannot see herds crossing the tracks.