A video has gone viral showing how loco pilots’ quick thinking prevented a tragedy and saved an elephant’s life who was seen crossing a railway track.
The animal was struck by a train somewhere between Nagrakata and Chalsa in Jalpaiguri’s North Bengal region. Loco pilots applied the emergency brakes as soon as they saw the elephant approaching the railway tracks, which saved its life.
The video was tweeted from the official Twitter account of Northeast Frontier Railway’s Alipurduar Division. “While working 03150Dn KanchanKanya Exp spl at 17.45 hrs today, Alert LP Sri D.Dorai & ALP Sri P. Kumar noticed One Tusker adjacent to track at KM 72/1 between Nagrakata-Chalsa & applied Emergency brake to control the train & save it [sic],” the caption read.
The clip of 1:22 minutes shows an elephant walking along the railway tracks as the train continues to move ahead.
Since being uploaded on Wednesday, August 25, the video has gone viral and Twitteratis have been showering praises on both the loco pilots – D Dorai and P Kumar. As of now, the film has over 3,500 views and more than 260 likes.
One of the users wrote, “Thumbs up for your responsibility…..it’s our job also to protect the environment [sic].” “That’s a commendable job. Thanks a lot. I am from Alipurduar so I still remember the accident where many elephants died. Actually, it was happing quite often then.
But now the situation has completely changed. Great Job Sir [sic],” another user wrote. While praising loco pilots, a user commented, “Excellent & many wishes to the entire team especially pilot who took the immediate response [sic].”
While working 03150Dn KanchanKanya Exp spl at 17.45 hrs today, Alert LP Sri D.Dorai & ALP Sri P. Kumar noticed One Tusker adjacent to track at KM 72/1 between Nagrakata-Chalsa & applied Emergency brake to control the train & save it. @RailNf@RailMinIndia @wti_org_india pic.twitter.com/TVyXt8HY9H— DRM APDJ (@drm_apdj) August 25, 2021