09:45 GMT28 January 2021
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    Between 2018 and 2019, a total of 65 elephants lost their lives in railway accidents, according to data shared by the Indian Ministry of Railways. 19 elephants were struck by moving trains in 2016 and 15 in 2017; 26 were killed in train accidents in 2018. In June 2019, five more elephant deaths were reported on railway tracks.

    A train derailed in the Indian state of Odisha after hitting an elephant in the early hours of Monday. Everyone aboard is said to be safe.  

    The East Coast Railway, which operates the Puri-Surat Express train that derailed after hitting the pachyderm, said that the incident occurred between Hatibari and Maneswar railway stations at 2.04 a.m. (local time).

    ​"Six wheels of the train engine derailed following the accident. Passengers on-board and loco pilots are safe," East Coast Railway added. 

    Elephant, accident, train, India
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