Three elephants were killed and two, including a calf, were critically injured when the Jhajhar Express hit them in West Bengal’s Alipurduar area on Saturday evening.

Field Director of the Buxa Tiger Reserve R.P. Saini said the accident occurred near Rajabhatkhaoa at 6.45 p.m.

Speed violation?

Chief Wildlife Warden S.B. Mandal said thick fog had reduced visibility, but the train, running between Guwahati and Ranchi, violated the stipulated speed limit of 50 kmph set for the elephant corridor.

Minister of State for Railways Adhir Roy Chowdhury said if that charge was proved, action would be taken against the railway personnel.

Mr. Mandal said a team of veterinary doctors treated the injured elephants.