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Train travels 90 km without driver in Australia

A runaway train laden with iron ore travelled 90km with no one on board before it was deliberately derailed in Western Australia. The driver of the 2km-long train stepped out of the locomotive early on Monday to inspect an issue with one of its 268 wagons and it took off without him. It hurtled along for about 50 minutes.

Mining giant BHP, which owns the four-locomotive train, decided to derail before it reached the town of Port Hedland near its Western Australia Pilbara site, and flicked the points. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said damage to the train was substantial and it is estimated about 1.5km of the track was damaged. No one was injured in this incident.

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