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Runaway train gets away from driver and hurtles across 57 miles

06 November 2018

A massive loaded iron ore train has been derailed after it travelled a staggering 92km without a driver.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the train, operated by Australian mining company BNP, was traveling from Newman to the coastal city of Port Headland when the driver stopped the train to inspect a auto.

It was deliberately derailed at a set of points, operated by a control centre, about 119km from Port Hedland.

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

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Yahoo7 has contacted BHP for comment, but has not received a response as yet.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau is looking into the incident, but says its investigation won't be complete until the second quarter of next year.

"While the driver was outside of the locomotive, the train commenced to runaway", the ATSB statement said.

A BHP spokeswoman told The West Australian no one was injured and authorities are investigating'.

Runaway train gets away from driver and hurtles across 57 miles