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Elephant killed by express train in Indian wildlife reserve

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An Indian forestry worker walks past the body of a tusker elephant after it was struck by a Guwahati-bound Somporkkranti Express train inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve, some 12 km from Alipurduar, West Bengal, India, on March 5, 2013.

An elephant was killed after it was hit by a train in northeastern India on Tuesday. The train was inside the Buxa Tiger Reserve, an area that elephants pass through as they migrate between India and Bhutan.

The Indian government has been urged to safeguard elephants straying across the country's vast but decrepit rail network, with statistics cited by The Times of India indicating that as many as 49 elephants may have been killed on train tracks since 2010.

India's Railway Minister said on Friday that speed restrictions have been put in place on trains traversing so-called elephant corridors, the newspaper reported. Pawan Kumar Bansal said the government is also considering constructing ramps and underpasses to allow the animals to cross tracks safely.

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