A runaway train laden with iron ore has been deliberately derailed by BHP after it travelled for more than 90 kilometres without a driver in WA’s remote Pilbara region.
The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the fully laden train, made up of four locomotives and 268 wagons, was travelling from the mining town of Newman to Port Hedland just before 5:00am today, when the driver hopped out to inspect a wagon near Hester siding.
But the train took off from the siding before the driver could get back on board.
It travelled 92 kilometres in about 25 minutes, until it was derailed at a set of points about 120 kilometres from Port Hedland.
BHP has been contacted for comment.