Speeding train kills 3 elephants

Three elephants were killed while two got critically injured on Saturday evening after Ranchi-Guwahati Jhanjhar Express hit a group of five elephants. The elephants were hit near Rajabhatkhaoa in Jalpaiguri. The elephants belonged to the Buxa reserve forest in Jalpaiguri, said a senior forest department official. The oncoming train hit an elephant herd which was crossing the railway tracks, officials said. The railways dispatched a special train to take the passengers of the express, which lay stranded, to their respective destinations, NFR sources said. A relief van was also sent to clear the tracks of the dead elephants.

Train engine derails in Malda

Malda: The engine of a local train derailed blocking the up line one kilometre from the district headquarters town of Malda on Saturday, railway sources said. The engine of the Sahebganj-Malda local train derailed at Malanchapalli, the sources said. There was no casualty, they said. The derailment blocked the up line towards Malda town though the down line towards Kolkata was open, the sources added. Divisional Railway Manager Ravindra Verma and Railways officials were at the site of the derailment.

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