Runaway mining train in Australia travels 90km without driver

Runaway mining train in Australia travels 90km without driver

Australia's Transport Safety Bureau said on Monday that a probe into the derailment was underway.

The train had been travelling from Newman to Port Hedland when the train driver got out to inspect a wagonat 4.40am onMonday and the train took off. The engineer had left the locomotive to inspect an issue with an ore vehicle, and the train then began moving.

"There was no hesitation in derailing that train because it posed a safety risk down the track", Port Hedland Mayor Camillo Blanco said.

The mangled wreckage of a deliberately derailed runaway iron ore train in Western Australia's Pilbara region has been revealed in video footage from the crash site.

The BHP-operated train, which included four locomotives and 268 wagons of ore, travelled 92km with no one on board before it was stopped by being remotely derailed after 50 minutes.

"However, we are working with the appropriate authorities and our focus remains on the safe recovery of our operations".

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The ATSB, which is also investigating the incident, said the damage to the train was substantial.

WA Premier Mark McGowan said he had not been briefed on what happened but it would have been very concerning for everyone involved. While the driver was outside the train, it took off with no one on board.

Analysts think iron ore prices could see a short-term bump as a result of this derailment, according to the news service.

And as the company grapples with how, exactly, one of its trains came to be traveling driverless, it's worth noting that another iron ore company has been working to develop (purposely) driverless trains in Australia.

BHP has confirmed the delays will mean there won't be enough iron ore stockpiled at a West Australian port to cover scheduled shipments in the upcoming week.

The Rio Tinto company says it completed its first delivery of iron ore using an autonomous train in July.

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