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

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

The driver alighted to inspect one of the wagons at approximately 4am on Monday when the train, reportedly consisting of four locomotives and 268 wagons, took off for Port Hedland before he could get back on board, the Western Australian reports.

A driverless, 268-car iron ore train was derailed in Western Australia on Monday - but only after it traveled almost 60 miles without an engineer, officials said.

A runaway train laden with iron ore has been deliberately derailed by BHP after it travelled for more than 90 kilometres without a driver in WA's remote Pilbara region.

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The ATSB is sending officers to the Pilbara to investigate after the train, loaded with ore from BHP's Newman mine site, suffered significant damage in the derailment. No one has been injured.

'With no one on board, the train travelled for 92 km before being deliberately derailed at a set of points operated by the control centre, about 119 km from Port Headland (near Turner siding)'.

'We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation, ' she said. At the same time, BHP Billiton, which is a major exporter of iron ore, was forced to halt its operations due to the incident. "While the driver was outside of the locomotive, the train commenced to runaway".

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