BHP brought to a halt by runaway train

Runaway train derailed after 92km trip without driver in Western Australia

Runaway train derailed after 92km trip without driver in Western Australia

BHP's iron ore operations were suspended while the incident was being investigated, a BHP spokeswoman confirmed.

A massive loaded iron ore train has been derailed after it travelled a staggering 92km without a driver. At the same time, BHP Billiton, which is a major exporter of iron ore, was forced to halt its operations due to the incident. No one has been injured.

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

"Based on the 120km distance from Port Hedland, it would appear that the great majority of BHP's Pilbara production would be impacted".

A loaded train travelling from Newman to Port Hedland stopped about 211km into its journey yesterday morning to allow the driver to inspect an issue with a wagon.

It remains unclear what caused the train to take off by itself, but the Australian Transport Safety Bureau has already sent two experts to look into the matter.

In 2017, BHP was ranked as the world's largest mining company and it primarily mines coal, copper, iron ore and petroleum.

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

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