Runaway mining train travels 90km through Australian outback without driver

Galtero Lara
Noviembre 8, 2018

A train with no-one on board travelled at 100km/h for 92km in a remote area of Australia before being deliberately derailed.

Aerial images published by The West Australian showed a trail of twisted wreckage, with some wagons covered by their loads of iron ore.

The miner suspended all of its rail operations on Monday after it derailed the iron ore train, damaging 1.5 kilometres of track and crushing numerous 268 fully-laden wagons in the process.

While the driver was outside of the locomotive, the train started off down the track.

One and a half kilometres of track were damaged in the incident, and the company expects its WA rail operations to reopen in a week.

Damage caused by a runaway iron ore train will hit BHP's sales this quarter, the mining group has admitted, as the first pictures of its mangled wreckage in Western Australia emerged.

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BHP said yesterday it planned to use its stockpile reserves at the port in order to maintain supply over the coming days.

Port Hedland is the world's largest iron ore exporting terminal, used by BHP as well as other miners.

"We will be liaising with our customers in relation to our contractual commitments over this period", she added.

Separate investigations into the train derailment are being conducted by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and BHP.

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BHP's shares closed 0.48 percent lower to Aus$33.39 (US$24.18) in Sydney Wednesday as reports in Britain said the Anglo-Australian firm was facing a £5 billion (US$6.5 billion) lawsuit over the deadly Samarco dam failure in Brazil in 2015.

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