Runaway BHP train derailed after travelling 57 miles with no driver

  • Runaway BHP train derailed after travelling 57 miles with no driver

Runaway BHP train derailed after travelling 57 miles with no driver

A BHP Billiton iron-ore train travelled 92km without anyone on board in WA after its driver stepped out to check an issue with one of its wagons.

The train, with four locomotives and 268 cars, traveled 57 miles before being "deliberately derailed" at a siding about 74 miles outside of Port Headland.

BHP has been contacted for comment.

"With no one on board, the train traveled for 92 km before being deliberately derailed at a set of points operated by the control center, about 119 km from Port Headland".

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

An investigation into the incident is being carried out, ATSB said, and that damage to the train was "substantial".

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau has sent two investigators to determine if any rail safety protocols were breached in 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.

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.