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Runaway train derailed after 57-mile journey across Western Australia

Runaway train derailed after 57-mile journey across Western Australia

A runaway BHP iron ore train traveled for almost 60 miles before it was deliberately derailed on Monday, according to officials.

At about 4.40am, the driver got out of the train to inspect a wagon, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

It travelled 92 kilometres in about 25 minutes, until it was derailed at a set of points about 120 kilometres from Port Hedland.

While the driver was outside the train, it took off with no one on board. All train operations from the mine have been suspended as the incident is examined by officials.

It was operated by mining company BHP Billiton and traveling across Western Australia from the remote mining town of Newman to Port Hedland on Monday.

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Iron ore alone is responsible for nearly 40 percent of BHP's earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITA).

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has sent two investigators to determine if any rail safety protocols were breached in the incident.

The company said the driver was inspecting an issue with the train when the locomotive ran away.

Iron ore supplies make up nearly half of BHP Billiton's profits, but the incident with the train will bring its operations in Western Australia to a halt for several days or more, depending on the extent of the damage.


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