Runaway BHP train derailed after travelling 57 miles with no driver

Runaway BHP train derailed after travelling 57 miles with no driver

Runaway BHP train derailed after travelling 57 miles with no driver

It was 92km in before BHP personnel managed to bring the train to a halt at 5.05am.

Australian mining company BHP has deliberately derailed a runaway train after it carried 268 wagons for 92km across the Pilbara outback.

In an effort to stop the runaway train, the company deliberately derailed it about 120km from BHP's Port Hedland mine operations.

The train was travelling on BHP's Newman to Port Hedland line in the Pilbara region, a remote area.

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On Monday, the world's biggest miner suspended all Western Australian iron ore rail operations while an investigation was under way, the Australian newspaper reported, without citing a source. No one has been injured.

"The driver of a loaded ore train consisting of four locomotives and 268 wagons stopped at the 211km point", an ATSB website incident report read.

'We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation, ' she said. "If there is significant track damage it could be that train loadings and speeds could be constrained post repairs and restarting of shipments", Edward Sterck, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets, told the Financial Times.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident.

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