Runaway Train Travels 92km Without Driver, Leaves Mining Giant With Huge Losses

Mae Love
November 5, 2018

A runaway train took off without its driver then rattled over 57 miles at speeds of over 62 miles per hour before being deliberately derailed, Australia's Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said Monday.

"A Western Australia iron ore train has been derailed near Turner River on route to Port Hedland this morning", BHP said in a statement.

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

All train operations from the mine have been suspended as the incident is examined by officials. No one has been injured.

The damage to the vehicle was substantial, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau said. "While the driver was outside of the locomotive, the train commenced to runaway".

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"We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation", the spokesperson told the news outlet.

The train travelled 92km until it was deliberately derailed by a control centre 119km from Port Headland about 5.05am, the ATSB site reported.

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

In 2017, BHP was ranked as the world's largest mining company and it primarily mines coal, copper, iron ore and petroleum.

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