Rajdhani Express halted for 25 minutes to rescue crocodile run over by train in Vadodara

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The superfast Rajdhani Express was halted for around 25 minutes to rescue a crocodile which was run over by a speeding train in the Vadodara district of Gujarat.

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The crocodile had sustained head injuries after being run over by a train in Gujarat's Vadodara. (Image for representation: AFP)

An eight-meter long crocodile, which was run over by a train on the Vadodara-Mumbai line, was spotted lying on the track on Tuesday morning. As the crocodile laid in pain, the superfast Rajdhani Express halted for around 25 minutes to help animal rescuers reach the spot. Other trains were also delayed for nearly 45 minutes till the animal was put off track.

Despite the efforts, the crocodile succumbed to its head injuries. It was spotted by a railway patrolman about five kilometres from the Karjan railway station.

Wildlife activist Hemant Vadhwana said he received a call around 3:15 am from the station superintendent of Karjan railway station informing him that a crocodile was lying on the track.

"The spot was located in the middle of nowhere and reaching there quickly was not possible...," Hemant Vadhwana told the Times of India.

"After our vehicle reached Karjan railway station, we were surprised to know that railway officials had halted the Rajdhani Express for around 20 minutes to help us board it and reach the exact spot where the train halted for another five minutes," Hemant Vadhwana said.

Neha Patel, another wildlife activist, said the crocodile was moving its jaws and had sustained injuries its head.

"It died within a few minutes," Neha Patel said.

The crocodile was then shifted to safety to allow the smooth passage of trains on the track.

Karjan station superintendent Santosh Sharma said the giant reptile was taken in Kisan train and handed over to the forest department at Karjan railway station.

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