Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
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Runaway train derailed after 92km trip without driver in Western Australia

Runaway train derailed after 92km trip without driver in Western Australia

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.

A runaway BHP iron ore train traveled for almost 60 miles before it was deliberately derailed on Monday, according to officials.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the train, operated by Australian mining company BNP, was traveling from Newman to the coastal city of Port Headland when the driver stopped the train to inspect a auto.

It was operated by mining company BHP Billiton and traveling across Western Australia from the remote mining town of Newman to Port Hedland on Monday. No one has been injured. At the same time, BHP Billiton, which is a major exporter of iron ore, was forced to halt its operations due to the incident.


The ATSB, which is also investigating the incident, said the damage to the train was substantial.

The train was deliberately derailed at a set of points operated by the control centre about 119km from Port Hedland.

It remains unclear what caused the train to take off by itself, but the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has already sent two experts to look into the matter.

But the train took off from the siding before the driver could get back on board.

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