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BHP forced to derail runaway train

06 November 2018, 08:41 | Hattie Nash

Image The locomotive was carrying iron ore across Western Australia. File pic

Billiton train in Western Australia

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.

In an effort to stop the runaway train, the company deliberately derailed it about 120km from BHP's Port Hedland mine operations. No one has been injured.

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BHP said it was cooperating with investigators.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the train, operated by Australian mining company BNP, was traveling from Newman to the coastal city of Port Headland when the driver stopped the train to inspect a vehicle. "If there is significant track damage it could be that train loadings and speeds could be constrained post repairs and restarting of shipments", Edward Sterck, an analyst at BMO Capital Markets, told the Financial Times.

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It remains unclear what caused the train to take off by itself, but the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has already sent two experts to look into the matter.

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



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