Mangled wreckage of BHP runaway train revealed in video footage

Wagons and ore cover the track

The world's biggest mining company said that it was working to fix a stretch of track nearly a mile long that was damaged when the train was forcibly derailed after speeding 57 miles without a driver through the Australian outback early on Monday morning.

The driver had stopped at Hesta Siding to check a wagon, but the train - en route from Newman to Port Hedland - took off without him and careered 92 kilometres down the track before being derailed at Turner Siding.

The Guardian reports the footage shows the twisted wreckage of the two-kilometre long train, some carriages partly buried under mounds of iron ore.

Mining giant BHP, which owns the four-locomotive train, made a decision to derail before it reached the town of Port Hedland near its Western Australia Pilbara site, and flicked the points.

The train derailment happened about 5:30am on Monday and was coordinated from BHP's remote operations centre in Perth, about 1,500km away.

It was reported that the train was travelling at an average speed of more than 100 km/h on its solo journey.

No one was injured in the incident.

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"We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation", a BHP spokeswoman said in a statement.

BHP has suspended its train operations.

"Recovery operations are under way".

Mining giant BHP, which owns the four-locomotive train, chose to derail before it reached the town of Port Hedland near its Western Australia Pilbara site, and flicked the points.

One and a half kilometres of track were damaged in the incident, and the company expects its WA rail operations to reopen in a week.

Australia is one of the world's major sources of iron ore.

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