Runaway Train Blazes Through Western Australia For More Than 50 Miles

Mangled wreckage of BHP runaway train revealed in video footage

The 268-wagon train started on its solo journey when the driver got down from his cab to carry out an inspection, and was soon hurtling along at up to 110 kilometres (68 miles) per hour.

A runaway BHP train filled with iron ore made headlines on Monday morning, when it derailed about 120 kilometres south of Port Hedland in WA.

"We will be liaising with our customers in relation to our contractual commitments over this period", she added.

"No one has been injured".

The world's biggest mining company said that it was working to fix a stretch of track nearly a mile long that was damaged when the train was forcibly derailed after speeding 57 miles without a driver through the Australian outback early on Monday morning.

'With no one on board, the train travelled for 92 km before being deliberately derailed at a set of points operated by the control centre, about 119 km from Port Headland (near Turner siding)'.

Mining giant BHP, which owns the four-locomotive train, chose to derail before it reached the town of Port Hedland near its Western Australia Pilbara site, and flicked the points.

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There are more than 130 people working on the recovery, which is expected to increase as the track work ramps up.

In a statement, the company said "material logistics" to enable fix of the track were "well advanced", with more workers expected to be assigned as the work progressed.

There were no injuries in the derailment, but the train was extensively damaged.

BHP has confirmed the delays will mean there won't be enough iron ore stockpiled at a West Australian port to cover scheduled shipments in the upcoming week.

On Wednesday, the company also said in a statement it can not speculate on the outcome of the investigation.

BHP has suspended its train operations.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and BHP are investigating.

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