Mangled wreckage of BHP runaway train revealed in video footage
Mangled wreckage of BHP runaway train revealed in video footage
Trains are used to transport thousands of tons of iron ore through remote parts of Western Australia More
08 November, 2018, 16:53
A runaway train took off without its driver then travelled 57 miles at speeds of over 62mph before being deliberately derailed, according to Australia's Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB).
The train was made up of four locomotives and 268 wagons.
While the driver was outside of the locomotive, the train started off down the track.
The footage shows the twisted wreckage of the two-kilometre long train, some carriages partly buried under mounds of iron ore.
The train crashed off the rails, damaging around 1,500 metres (1,600 yards) of tracks, but hurting no one.
However, it said, operations would be maintained and the use of reserves would mean there would be no interruption to supply.
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BHP said around 1.5 kilometres of its privately-owned railway was destroyed, and expects it will take around a week to fix.
The company earlier this week warned its stockpiles of iron ore - a key steelmaking ingredient - were insufficient to cover the anticipated period of disruption, and BHP would need to liaise with its customers on its contractual commitments. "We've got no reason why we have to change the contracts and agreements we have with existing customers", he said, following the company' annual general meeting in Adelaide.
BHP has suspended its train operations.
BHP's shares closed 0.48 percent lower to Aus$33.39 (US$24.18) in Sydney Wednesday as reports in Britain said the Anglo-Australian firm was facing a £5 billion (US$6.5 billion) lawsuit over the deadly Samarco dam failure in Brazil in 2015.
Nineteen people were killed and a wave of toxic waste was unleashed when a dam burst at the mine in one of Brazil's worst environmental disasters.
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