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 The jumbo taking a refreshing morning walk on tracks just  few metres ahead of the railway engine
The jumbo taking a refreshing morning walk on tracks just few metres ahead of the railway engine|EastMojo image 
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Alert team averts train-elephant collision on killer Bengal tracks

Driver of Alipur Duar-New Jailpaiguri passenger train pulls emergency brakes after spotting a wild jumbo in the middle of tracks; video shared on social media

Sandeep Borah

Sandeep Borah

Guwahati: Averting yet another major train-elephant collision incident, railway officials from the Northeastern Frontier Railway on Wednesday morning saved a wild jumbo from being killed in the alleged killer tracks between Alipur Duar and New Jalpaiguri route in West Bengal.

As per sources, the lert team of Alipur Duar-New Jailpaiguri passenger train on Wednesday morning pulled the emergency brake after spotting a wild tusker trying to cross the tracks in 71/7 kilometre between Alipur Duar and New Jalpaiguri railway stations.

A video that was shared in the official Twitter handle of NF Railway’s Alipur Duar division captioned that an alert team, headed by DN Uttam Barua and DD Kumar, spotted the tusker crossing the tracks at 71/7 km between NKB-CLD route and stopped the train immediately with emergency brakes.

In the video shared, the passenger train can be seen stopping in the middle of its scheduled route and the jumbo taking a refreshing morning walk on the tracks just few metres ahead of the engine.

Earlier in September this year, the 75741 SGUJ-DBB Siliguri-Dhubri Intercity-Express hit a wild jumbo while it was crossing a railway track that lies between Banarhat and Nagrakata rail line of West Bengal. The 45-second-long heart-wrenching video that surfaced on various social media platforms showed the critically injured elephant trying hard to drag itself out of the railway track, as people watched in helplessness, after being hit by the engine of the intercity express.

Incidentally, the Banarhat-Nagrakata route of West Bengal has been notorious for elephant deaths ever since the railway line was converted to broad gauge. The railway track passes through a major elephant corridor and trains plying through it end up hitting or killing wild tuskers every now and then.