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Runaway train gets away from driver and hurtles across 57 miles

Runaway train gets away from driver and hurtles across 57 miles

A 268-car freight train belonging to the Australian mining giant BHP Billiton loaded with iron ore was forcibly derailed after it traveled some 92 kilometers without a driver.

"At approximately 0440 on 5 November 2018, the driver of a loaded ore train consisting of four locomotives and 268 wagons stopped at the 211km point".

The ATSB, which is also investigating the incident, said the damage to the train was substantial.

It was deliberately derailed at a set of points, operated by a control centre, about 119km from Port Hedland.

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

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In an effort to stop the runaway train, the company deliberately derailed it about 120km from BHP's Port Hedland mine operations.

BHP said it was cooperating with investigators.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is investigating the incident.

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

An investigation is underway after a BHP iron-ore train after a runaway train travelled 92km without a driver in WA.