Runaway BHP Train Under Investigation in Australia
09 November, 2018, 04:34 | Author: Eric Barnett
It was deliberately derailed at a set of points, operated by a control centre, about 119km from Port Hedland.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating a November 5 incident in Western Australia where a BHP train loaded with iron ore traveled about 55 miles with no personnel on board.
The 268-wagon train started on its solo journey when the driver got down from his cab to carry out an inspection, and was soon hurtling along at up to 110 kilometres (68 miles) per hour.
Former train workers told 9NEWS if the driver left the train idling with the brake on, it's likely gravity caused the train to move, particularly because the tracks are on steep terrain.
Australia's Transport Safety Bureau said on Monday that a probe into the derailment was underway.
The ATSB, which is also investigating the incident, said the damage to the train was substantial. Nobody was injured in the incident that happened in a remote area around 120 km south of the world's largest iron ore loading terminal in the country's northwest.
The interruption to the train line could be particularly costly for the mining company - given that it's the main way to deliver ore from its Pilbara mines to Port Hedland.
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