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).
|Date:||05 November 2018||Investigation status:||Active|
|Investigation level:||Complex - click for an explanation of investigation levels|
|Location:||211km from Port Hedland||Investigation phase:||Evidence collection|
|Report status:||Pending||Occurrence category:||Accident|
|Expected completion:||4th Quarter 2019||Highest injury level:||None|
|Type of operation||Freight|
|Damage to train||Substantial|
|Departure point||Newman Mine, WA|
|Destination||Port Hedland, WA|