By Dominick Mezzapesa - Wildlife Planet News
The passenger train from Palakkad town Tiruchirapalli (Train No. 56712) hit the 25-year old elephant at around 5mph early in the morning around 7am, no injuries were reported by any passangers.
The poor animal finally succumbed to his injuries a few hours later.
The elephant's body was removed by railroad workers at around 12.15 PM.
The elephant was constantly seen on the tracks during the last two weeks after a herd of five wild elephants came down from the forests in search of fodder and water.
The elephants are attracted to a nearby rice paddy fields which were ripe for harvest, the elephants are known to feed on them during harvest season.
Reportedly, the embankments on either side of the tracks are steep and unfortunately the wild elephants are then trapped on the tracks when they see an approaching train.