Forest Department officials said the accident occurred at around 0130 hrs on track ‘B’ through which trains move from Palakkad to Coimbatore.
The accident spot on track B was situated outside the reserve forest area of the Madukkarai forest range of the Coimbatore Forest Division, and close to the inter-State border and near a waterbody.
A curve on the track has affected the visibility of the loco pilot at the location.
After being informed about the accident, frontline staff of the forest Department rushed to the spot.
A veterinary team led by N.S. Manoharan, Regional Joint Director of Veterinary Services (retired) examined the elephant.
They said the tusker’s hip is severely injured and it is unable to move its hind legs. “It could have also suffered internal injuries in the impact of the accident,” they said. (UNI)