Three elephants aged between 12 and 25 years, were killed after being hit by an express train (Mangaluru-Chennai) at Mahendramedu near Navakkarai in Coimbatore district around 9.05 pm on Friday. The train has been stopped and Palakkad railway division officials said that it will move towards Chennai after getting clearance from the forest department. As many as 28 elephants have been killed from Palakkad – Madukkarai stretch since 1978.
Two elephants were thrown off from the track and they were found on the ground near the track. However, one of the elephants was found on the track in front of the locomotive.