BHP brought to a halt by runaway train

BHP brought to a halt by runaway train

The driver left his post to check up on one of the wagons, when suddenly the train took off without him and drove towards Port Hedland.

Earlier on Monday morning the 268 wagon train was travelling from Newman to Portland in Western Australia.

On Monday, the world's biggest miner suspended all Western Australian iron ore rail operations while an investigation was under way, the Australian newspaper reported, without citing a source.

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

The mining giant exported 69 million tonnes of iron ore from Port Hedland in the three months to September. No one has been injured.

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

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In that case, the ATSB report said BHP accelerated the re-railing of more than 800km of track and improved the detection of cracks in rails in response to the accident.

In a statement, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said: 'The driver alighted from the locomotive to inspect an issue with a wagon.

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

BHP's Pilbara operations have had other derailments in recent years.

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