KOLKATA, India, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- Six elephants, including two calves, were killed by a train in India's West Bengal state, officials said.
The incident happened Wednesday evening in West Bengal's Jalpaiguri district when the train plowed into a herd of elephants, The Hindu reported.
Several other elephants were injured.
"The incident is a result of callousness on the part of the Railways. There is a clear restriction on speed, not exceeding 40 kmph [about 25 mph]. But we have reports that the Guwahati-bound Kabiguru Express was running at a higher speed," Forest Minister Hiten Barman told The Hindu over the telephone.
Barman said there would be an investigation into the incident.
Meanwhile, the West Bengal Forest department has proposed a reduced speed limit for trains on the track the elephants were killed on, from 25 mph to 15 mph, The Hindu reported.
"We have repeatedly urged the Railways not to use the 165-km-long track between Siliguri and Alipurduar. Instead, they should use an alternative route as elephant corridors run across the existing one," Barman said.