Runaway train travels for 57 miles before being intentionally derailed

Runaway Mining Train Travels 90 Kilometers Without Driver In Australia

A huge runaway train laden with iron ore had to be derailed remotely after speeding through the Australian outback for nearly an hour.

The train was made up of four locomotives and 268 wagons filled with iron ore.

The train travelled 92km in 50 minutes before being derailed at Turner's Siding, 120km south of its destination.

There were no injuries in the derailment, but the train was extensively damaged. Nobody was injured in the incident, which happened in a remote area.

Around 1.5km of track was damaged, with work to start on repairs once the wreckage is cleared.

BHP's rail operations in Western Australia have now been suspended.

"We have a long-term contract with BHP and we haven't received a notification so far", said an official at the mill in southern China who declined to be named as he was not authorised to speak to media.

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BHP's stockpiles at Port Hedland is not expected to be sufficient to cover the entire period of interruption, according to the company.

The driver of the BHP-operated train got out to inspect an issue with one of its 268 wagons early yesterday and it took off without him, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau says.

A runaway train with no one inside which hurtled through the Western Australia Pilbara region reached speeds of more than 150km/h before it was deliberately derailed.

"With no one on board, the train traveled for 92 km before being deliberately derailed at a set of points operated by the control center, about 119 km from Port Headland".

The mining company also told The West Australian it is working with authorirites to investigate the situation.

"We can not speculate on the outcome of the investigation, however we are working with the appropriate authorities and our focus remains on the safe recovery of our operations", the BHP spokeswoman said.

On Wednesday, the company also said in a statement it can not speculate on the outcome of the investigation.

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