Mangled wreckage of BHP runaway train revealed in video footage

Lloyd Doyle
November 7, 2018

It had been travelling from Newman to Port Hedland when the driver got out at a siding to inspect an issue with an ore auto, before the train started moving again.

The BHP-operated train, which included four locomotives and 268 wagons of ore, travelled 92km with no one on board before it was stopped by being remotely derailed after 50 minutes.

The mangled wreckage of a deliberately derailed runaway iron ore train in Western Australia's Pilbara region has been revealed in video footage from the crash site.

However, it said, operations would be maintained and the use of reserves would mean there would be no interruption to supply.

A spokeswoman said they could not speculate on the outcome of the investigation and they were working with authorities.

But it took off without him, and a team of remote train operators in BHP's control room were forced to carry out an intentional derailment.

Vision of the wreckage showed the force of the impact caused many wagons to be crushed or tipped over, with others shunted off the track.


In a statement, the company said "material logistics" to enable fix of the track were "well advanced", with more workers expected to be assigned as the work progressed.

BHP said recovering the train and fixing the track - a key access route for the enormous mining facility - will take around a week.

The miner is yet to indicate how much the derailment and subsequent disruption is expected to cost, although analysts have suggested it could run into the tens of millions of dollars.

BHP has large iron ore stockpiles at port, so it is unlikely any scheduled shipments will be missed.

Two separate investigations are being carried out by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

The ATSB is investigating the incident and expects its report will be complete in the second quarter of 2019.

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