Oct 07, Colombo: Three young elephants were killed when they were hit by a passenger train plying to Colombo on Saturday night in the North Central Province.
Express train plying from Batticaloa to Colombo carrying about 600 passengers collided with a herd of elephants near Welikanda, Namalgama area weeks after an oil tanker hit and killed a pregnant elephant and two calves in the same area.
The accident had occurred when the herd was moving to the Maduru Oya National Park from the Madhu Triangle forest reserve.
The accident derailed four train compartments but passengers were not hurt, an official said. However the rail track has been badly damaged stalling train services on the line.
Four elephants were killed when a fuel tanker train plying from Orugodawatta, Colombo to Batticaloa collided with a herd of elephants crossing the Colombo-Gal Oya railway line near the 127 mile post in Puwakpitiya, Habarana last month.
The government is directing its attention to fix electronic sensing devices in the areas where the elephants are moving to prevent accidents with the trains.