Train mows down, kills 5 elephants in east India
BHUBANESHWAR, India (AP) - A passenger train has ploughed into and killed five elephants of a herd crossing railroad tracks in eastern India.
Mr R.N. Mohapatra, a railroad spokesman, says the train struck the animals early Sunday in the Rambha forest area, about 180 kilometers south of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state.
Mr J.D. Sharma, chief conservator of the state's wildlife department, accused the railroad authorities of ignoring his department's warning that trains should slow down because a herd of elephants was moving in the area.
Mr Mohapatra said the warning came too late.