Runaway train derailed after 57-mile journey across Western Australia

Train in Australia. File

Train in Australia. File

It managed to travel 92km without anyone at the helm before BHP was forced to take drastic action and intentionally derail the train at a crossing located roughly 120km from Port Hedland in Western Australia.

BHP has deliberately sent a driverless runaway train off the rails after it carried 268 wagons for 92km across the Pilbara outback.

All train operations from the mine have been suspended as the incident is examined by officials.

At about 4.40am, the driver got out of the train to inspect a wagon, according to the Australian Transport Safety Bureau. No one has been injured.

"We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation", the spokesperson told the news outlet.

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"The driver of a loaded ore train consisting of four locomotives and 268 wagons stopped at the 211km point", an ATSB website incident report read.

But when the engineer left the locomotive, the vacant train rolled away.

'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)'.

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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