BHP forced to derail runaway train

Lloyd Doyle
November 6, 2018

At about 4.40am, the driver got out of the train to inspect a wagon, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

A runaway BHP Billiton train loaded with thousands of tonnes of iron ore travelled more than 90km across Western Australia without a driver before being deliberately derailed. All train operations from the mine have been suspended as the incident is examined by officials.

It was deliberately derailed at a set of points, operated by a control centre, about 119km from Port Hedland.

The train, consisting of four locomotives, had to be deliberately derailed along the Newman to Port Headland on Monday morning.

A BHP spokeswoman told the West Australian newspaper no one was injured.


BHP said it was cooperating with investigators.

"Based on the 120km distance from Port Hedland, it would appear that the great majority of BHP's Pilbara production would be impacted".

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.

Yahoo7 has contacted BHP for comment, but has not received a response as yet.

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