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Wednesday, 10 October 2018 - 15:34
10 elephants killed in train accidents in last 10 months
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In the last 10 months, 10 wild elephants died after being hit by trains.

The Railway Department stated that last year  7 wild elephants died in train accidents.

The most recent accident took place last night where A wild elephant was hit by a train travelling from Poonewa and Welikanda.

In a separate incident that took place on september 18th , 4 elephants were killed after being hit by a moving oil tanker between Habarana and Palugaswewa.

On the night of the 6th of October, Another three elephants were killed when a moving train hit them  between Namalgama and Polonnaruwa.

 The wildlife officials charge that wild elephants are being hit by moving trains as the locomotives travel at excessively high speeds, through elephant habitations.

Officials have complained that though signboards display the speed limit as being 40 kilometres per hour, some drivers do not obey these limit.
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