Friday, 16 November, 2018

Runaway mining train travels 90 kilometres without driver in Australia

Runaway Mining Train Travels 90 Kilometers Without Driver In Australia Mangled wreckage of BHP runaway train revealed in video footage
Priscilla Morrison | 08 November, 2018, 16:51

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.

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.

The footage shows the twisted wreckage of the two-kilometre long train, some carriages partly buried under mounds of iron ore.

The train derailment happened about 5:30am on Monday and was coordinated from BHP's remote operations centre in Perth, about 1,500km away. No one was injured and the incident is under investigation.

"We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation", a BHP spokeswoman said in a statement.

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"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.

"Recovery operations are under way".

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.

The train travelled for 90 km by itself before being derailed near Turner, approximately 120km south of Port Hedland, leaving about 1.5km of track damaged.

The company earlier this week warned its stockpiles of iron ore - a key steelmaking ingredient - were insufficient to cover the anticipated period of disruption, and BHP would need to liaise with its customers on its contractual commitments.

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