Two elephants were hit and killed by a passenger train in eastern India yesterday, officials said, with the animals’ bodies decorated with flowers before being cremated at the spot.
In the past five years, at least 26 elephants have been killed and scores more injured by trains on this stretch of track near the Nepal border, according to wildlife officials.
The animals -- one of which was pregnant -- were hit at 4:30 am (2300 GMT) while crossing the railway line, said North Frontier Railway spokesman Subhanan Chanda.
“We think that the accident took place due to poor visibility in the area caused by the dense fog,” Chanda added.
Forestry workers and wildlife officials have repeatedly asked rail authorities to stop running trains at night because of such incidents.