Runaway train derailed after 92km trip without driver in Western Australia

Ghost train Runaway locomotive derailed by mining company after 92km without driver

A driverless, 268-car iron ore train was derailed in Western Australia on Monday - but only after it traveled almost 60 miles without an engineer, officials said.

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

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the driver had left the train - which had no passengers on board but was loaded with ore - about 4.40am on Monday to inspect a wagon when it started to move. No one has been injured.

The train, with four locomotives and 268 cars, traveled 57 miles before being "deliberately derailed" at a siding about 74 miles outside of Port Headland.

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"Based on the 120km distance from Port Hedland, it would appear that the great majority of BHP's Pilbara production would be impacted".

In a statement, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said: 'The driver alighted from the locomotive to inspect an issue with a wagon. "We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation", a BHP spokesperson said, as quoted by the Financial Times.

In 2017, BHP was ranked as the world's largest mining company and it primarily mines coal, copper, iron ore and petroleum.

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