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BHP's runaway train threatens ore exports

Nov 07, 2018 - Australian Financial Review

BHP's rail operations in Western Australia's iron ore-rich Pilbara will remain at a standstill for at least a week and possibly longer, in the fallout from a train derailment that threatens to put a big dent in its exports to Chinese steel makers.

The mining giant is investigating why it was forced to deliberately derail a fully loaded runaway train that travelled almost 100 kilometres without a driver early on Monday.

The derailment, involving a train with four locomotives and 268 l...