Runaway Train Blazes Through Western Australia For More Than 50 Miles

Eileen GuzmanNov 09, 2018

BHP has suspended all rail operations in Western Australia after a runaway train laden with iron ore travelled 92km with no one on board before it was deliberately derailed.

With no one at the controls, the 3km long runaway train travelled for nearly an hour, at speeds of up to 110km/h, before it crashed about 210km south of Port Headland.

Shaw and Partners analyst Peter O'Connor said at a run-rate of 270-280 million tonnes per annum, BHP's Pilbara operations represented around 18% of the global seaborne iron ore trade.

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.

"Obviously it would have been very concerning for everyone involved - BHP and the workforce, and the people of Port Hedland - that a train was traveling down the track without a driver and obviously out of control", McGowan said.

According to Reuters, one of BHP's customers in China, a steel producer, has not yet received any notice from the miner.

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

In a statement, the company said "material logistics" to enable fix of the track were "well advanced", with more workers expected to be assigned as the work progressed.

There was no indication of what had caused the train to move without its driver.

"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)".

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

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", BHP said.

BHP said recovering the train and fixing the track - a key access route for the enormous mining facility - will take around a week.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the National Rail Safety Regulator had been informed and was investigating.

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