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Seven elephants killed by train in IndiaAAP


A speeding goods train crushed seven elephants to death in eastern India after the animals tried to rescue two calves that got stuck in the tracks, conservation officials said on Thursday.

The baby elephants became trapped as a herd was crossing the line in a densely forested area in the northern district of Jalpaiguri in West Bengal state late on Wednesday night.

"Five elephants died immediately on the track while two others succumbed to their injuries on Thursday morning," Atanu Raha, West Bengal's chief forest conservator, told AFP by telephone.

The adults had crowded around the stricken calves to protect them when they were hit, he added. The two calves were among the dead.

Traffic was suspended overnight and the surviving members of the herd were still at the scene in the morning, watching over the dead and injured, he said.

More than 20 elephants had died in a little over a year in the area, which is a known corridor for the wild animals, the official said.


He said the train was travelling at 70km/h when the speed limit was restricted to a maximum of 40km/h.

"We have lodged a complaint with the local police station against the railway," he added.

A Bengali TV channel reported that hundreds of people staged a noisy demonstration near the scene of the accident in protest at the latest deaths.

India is home to an estimated 25,000 wild elephants but their numbers are fast depleting due to poaching, loss of habitat and also train accidents, particularly in eastern and northeastern states.

Elephants are considered sacred in Hindu-majority India and earlier this month the environment and forest ministry declared them a "national heritage animal" that should be given the same protection as the endangered tiger.

Wednesday's accident came as Hindus celebrated the end of an 11-day annual festival marking the birth of Lord Ganesha, the revered elephant-headed god.
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Those poor elephants, this is simply tragic! :-(
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#3
Someone should ban those stupid elephants. I ask myself;

:idiot

Why werent the elephants trained to Quality standards?
Why werent the elephants complying to best practice procedures?
Did the ensuing investigation reveal that the elephants in question did not have current trackside safety competence?
Were the suppliers of train proof, I mean, Hi-Viz PPE for the elephants involved, substituting high quality PPE for poorly manufactured PPE supplied by the cheapest quote?
Did the elephants concerned attend a safety briefing?
Did the elephants concerne arrange for a TPO to protect the worksite, or was it a native title claim?
Were the elephants part of a consultative committee (or were they even invited as part of the risk assessment process, being relevant key stakeholders), that completed a good robust risk assessment activity, prior to negotiating the crossing point?
Was the crossing protection operating correctly, as designed?
Was the track maintenance as per International standards?
Was the track maintenance equipment maintained as per manufacturers instructions, and did the elephants investigate this aspect prior to the decision of entering the corridor?
Did any of the elephants do a "take 5" or a 6 step safety interaction with each other, before they agreed (clearly in unison), to form what has also clearly become a blatent act of non compliance and gross negligence on their behalf?
Were any of the remaining elephanst supported through their relevante mployers Employee Assistance Program?
Is there any evidence of any elephant receiving site induction training, including the location of the nearest evacuation or escape point, and were they informed that areas adjacent to the corridor, were "not a posotion of safety"? :confused :cop

Seriously people, the stupid elephants were just lazy budgers who were jeopardising the safety of themselves, their colleagues, other network users and the public. Therefore, one would be left with no alternative than to terminate the elephants employment with immediate effect.

:beer

:drum
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#4
Someone should ban stupid elephants going near railway lines
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#5
(25-Sep-2010, 11:04 AM)Rolls Royce Wrote: Someone should ban those stupid elephants. I ask myself;

:idiot

Why werent the elephants trained to Quality standards?
Why werent the elephants complying to best practice procedures?
Did the ensuing investigation reveal that the elephants in question did not have current trackside safety competence?
Were the suppliers of train proof, I mean, Hi-Viz PPE for the elephants involved, substituting high quality PPE for poorly manufactured PPE supplied by the cheapest quote?
Did the elephants concerned attend a safety briefing?
Did the elephants concerne arrange for a TPO to protect the worksite, or was it a native title claim?
Were the elephants part of a consultative committee (or were they even invited as part of the risk assessment process, being relevant key stakeholders), that completed a good robust risk assessment activity, prior to negotiating the crossing point?
Was the crossing protection operating correctly, as designed?
Was the track maintenance as per International standards?
Was the track maintenance equipment maintained as per manufacturers instructions, and did the elephants investigate this aspect prior to the decision of entering the corridor?
Did any of the elephants do a "take 5" or a 6 step safety interaction with each other, before they agreed (clearly in unison), to form what has also clearly become a blatent act of non compliance and gross negligence on their behalf?
Were any of the remaining elephanst supported through their relevante mployers Employee Assistance Program?
Is there any evidence of any elephant receiving site induction training, including the location of the nearest evacuation or escape point, and were they informed that areas adjacent to the corridor, were "not a posotion of safety"? :confused :cop

Seriously people, the stupid elephants were just lazy budgers who were jeopardising the safety of themselves, their colleagues, other network users and the public. Therefore, one would be left with no alternative than to terminate the elephants employment with immediate effect.

:beer

:drum

:lol

And I hope they had a SW61 as well!
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