Report finds mistake allowed train with 268 wagons of iron ore to roll away and travel 268km before being remotely derailed

BHP’s runaway iron ore train took off in Western Australia’s Pilbara region last year because maintenance workers accidentally applied brakes to the wrong locomotive, a preliminary accident investigation has found.

The company was forced to deliberately derail the runaway train about 120km out of Port Hedland on 5 November, costing the company an estimated $55m a day until the track was repaired.

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