Shocking photo: Train hits and kills elephant in India

Today a high-speed train traveling through West Bengal crushed and killed an elephant that was crossing the tracks. A Forest Department official said that the Indian railway is looking into the cause of the accident, though the "cause" seems pretty clear from the photo. According to Reuters, "This is the sixth reported incident of an ...

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An Indian forestry worker walks past the body of a tusker elephant after it was struck by a train at the Buxa Tiger Reserve, some 12 kms from Alipurduar on March 5, 2013. The adult tusker was killed by the speeding Guwahati-bound Somporkkranti Express inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve in West Bengal. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

Today a high-speed train traveling through West Bengal crushed and killed an elephant that was crossing the tracks. A Forest Department official said that the Indian railway is looking into the cause of the accident, though the "cause" seems pretty clear from the photo. According to Reuters, "This is the sixth reported incident of an elephant being killed by speeding trains in the region where the train route passes through an area close to the Gorumara National Park."

Today a high-speed train traveling through West Bengal crushed and killed an elephant that was crossing the tracks. A Forest Department official said that the Indian railway is looking into the cause of the accident, though the "cause" seems pretty clear from the photo. According to Reuters, "This is the sixth reported incident of an elephant being killed by speeding trains in the region where the train route passes through an area close to the Gorumara National Park."

Elizabeth Ralph is a researcher at Foreign Policy.

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