At least four elephants were killed after being run over by an express train near the Bagdihi Railway Station in Jharsuguda district in the wee hours on Monday.
The incident has raised concern among the forest officials as elephant death due to train accident remains a major threat to pachyderm population in the state despite all measures.
"A herd comprising three elephants and a calf were crossing the tracks when they were hit. Besides, they were also requested to follow guidelines including making continuous hooting along the stretch", said Mr. Kumar.
According to reports, two female elephants along with a tusker and a baby elephant were crossing the railway line at around 4 am when a speeding train slammed them, killing all the four elephants on the spot. The service was restored only after forest officials reached the spot and removed the carcasses with the help of JCB machines. The elephants were hit by the Bokaro-Alleppey Express near Bagdihi Railway Station, The Hindu reported.
The incident caused disruption in the movement of trains in the section that comes under South-Eastern Railway. In Odisha, over 15 elephants have been killed by speeding trains since 2010.