Published: Tue, November 06, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Train travels 92km after driver jumps out

Train travels 92km after driver jumps out

"With no one on board, the train travelled for 92km until about 0505, when the train was deliberately derailed at a set of points operated by the control centre, about 119 km from Port Hedland".

A train loaded with iron ore has been forcibly derailed after it travelled 57 miles (92km) across Western Australia without a driver.

The driver had stopped the train earlier to inspect an issue with one of its 268 wagons when it took off.

An investigation into the incident is being carried out, ATSB said, and that damage to the train was "substantial". At the same time, BHP Billiton, which is a major exporter of iron ore, was forced to halt its operations due to the incident.

The train was travelling on BHP's Newman to Port Hedland line in the Pilbara region, a remote area.

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A BHP spokeswoman told the West Australian newspaper no one was injured.

Yahoo7 has contacted BHP for comment, but has not received a response as yet.

'We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation, ' she said.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) 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.

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