Four wild elephants were killed and another one was injured after a Guwahati-Silchar passenger train hit a herd crossing the rail tracks in Hojai district of central Assam on Saturday night.
The incident took place at around 9:30 pm near Habaipur railway station, nearly 180 km east from Guwahati. After hitting the elephants, the engine of the passenger train derailed.
Earlier on December 10 last year, five elephants, including a pregnant female were killed when the Guwahati-Naharlagun Donyi Polo Express hit a herd crossing tracks near Balipara in Sonitpur district.
According to the 2011 census, there are 5,620 wild elephants in Assam, the highest in the country.