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The ATSB is investigating a runaway loaded ore train, M02712, operated by BHP on its Newman to Port Hedland railway, Western Australia, on 5 November 2018.

The train, consisting of four locomotives and 268 wagons, stopped at the 211 km point (near Hesta). The driver alighted from the locomotive to inspect an issue with an ore car. While the driver was outside of the locomotive, the train commenced to runaway.

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 Hedland (near Turner).

General details
Date: 05 November 2018 Investigation status: Active 
 Investigation phase: Evidence collection 
Location:211km from Port Hedland Investigation type: Occurrence Investigation 
State: Western Australia Occurrence type: Derailment 
Report status: Pending Occurrence category: Accident 
Anticipated completion: 2nd Quarter 2019 Highest injury level: None 
Train details
Line operator: BHP 
Train operator: BHP 
Train registration: M02712 
Type of operation: Freight 
Sector: Freight 
Damage to train: Substantial 
Departure point:Newman Mine, WA
Destination:Port Hedland, WA
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Last update 06 November 2018