The driver of a locomotive stopped a train just in time to prevent it hitting a herd of elephants that was crossing the tracks in West Bengal. A video of the incident was tweeted by Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal and prompted plenty of comments.
The video shows what the operator of the locomotive on the Sivok-Gulma route in West Bengal saw when the train was brought to a halt. A herd of elephants, including a calf, are seen crossing the tracks safely. The route has seen multiple instances of accidents involving trains and elephants over the years as it runs through a forested area.
The Sivok-Gulma stretch witnesses a high number of elephant encounters annually and the speed of trains in the section is often slow to prevent accidents involving wildlife. There have also been recommendations to reduce the number of trains operated at night to prevent such accidents given individual elephants or herds could cross the tracks at multiple places in the night when there is lower visibility.
“The alertness & prompt action of loco pilot & crew helped to save lives of three elephants Elephant including one baby elephant crossing rail tracks on Sivok-Gulma section in West Bengal. The train stopped immediately, waiting for the elephants to safely cross over to the other side,” said Goyal’s post.
Watch the video here:
The alertness & prompt action of loco pilot & crew helped to save lives of three elephants 🐘 including one baby elephant crossing rail tracks on Sivok-Gulma section in West Bengal.
The train stopped immediately, waiting for the elephants to safely cross over to the other side. pic.twitter.com/tYTgkydkJb
— Piyush Goyal (@PiyushGoyal) November 11, 2020
Many who came across the video praised the locomotive pilot for staying alert and taking prompt action.
This is so commendable! Kudos!
— Mona N. Shah (@MonaNShah2) November 11, 2020
The loco pilot did a fabulous job. He deserves a lot of appreciation for saving a family. Mother Nature needs more people like him. Thank you Sir for sharing.
— Punarva Barthwal (@beingpunarva) November 12, 2020
This alertness is worth appreciating.👏👏👍👍
— Rishipal Singh (@Rishi017) November 11, 2020
Wow God bless them.
Speed limit should be 10km per hour so so many elephant can save.
— Manish Panchal (@manishp811) November 11, 2020
Positive attitude. I salute the railway staff for saving the elephants.
— Dr Vinod Kumar Gupta (@Drvinodguptavet) November 11, 2020
— sumaiya💫 (@Wishformiracle) November 11, 2020
This Loco Pilot must be appreciated and rewarded….👏👏👏👍👍🙏
— Nir@j Kum@r $ingh (@shamniraj) November 11, 2020
Worth appreciating 👍🏻
— Mayur Luhar (@MayurLuhar1) November 12, 2020
बहुत अच्छा काम किया……. pic.twitter.com/HrA8nvESM9
— RAKESH TIWARI (@RAKESHT63883158) November 11, 2020
Great work done by alert driver showing sensitivity towards nature and life…should be facilitated to set an example… pic.twitter.com/pIVgHqSpVu
— Pradeep Gupta (@pguptadelhi) November 11, 2020
Appreciable work. pic.twitter.com/r844Z9fPln
— Murali K.G. (@MdumuraliG) November 11, 2020
The video has been viewed over 2 millon times since being posted on November 11.
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