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Four elephants died after they were hit by a goods train on Monday near Telidihi Village in Odisha's Jharsuguda.

"Since it is an elephant corridor we had earlier moved to the Railways and asked them to keep the train on limited speed in that area".

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The herd of elephants - one tusker, two female elephants and a calf - was crossing the railway line at around 4 am.

Local villagers first spotted the elephants lying on the railway track and informed the forest officials, forest officials rushed to the spot and removed the bodies from the track.

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He demanded that responsibility should be fixed on both forest and railway authorities.

While the incident took place at around 4 AM, the elephant carcasses remained scattered across the track till 8 AM in the morning bringing the rail traffic along the Rourkela-Jharsuguda route to a complete halt.

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The incident occurred near the Bagdihi forest range, said a forest department official. The elephants were hit by the Bokaro-Alleppey Express near Bagdihi Railway Station, The Hindu reported. However, before they could safely cross the tracks they were run over by a goods train, resulting in on the spot death of all four.

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