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Runaway train crash Australia, 2018 November 5th

Australia, November 5th 2018. A fully laden, 3 km long ore train was deliberately derailed about 120 km out of Port Hedland WA, destroying 1.5 km of track and costing BHP billiton an estimated $55m a day until the track was repaired.

It had travelled for 92 km without a driver after the driver stepped off the train to check one of the carriages. BHP’s Western Australian said that the driver did not engaged the emergency air brake system. But investigations revealed that team of engineers applied extra handbrakes to the wrong train! Furthermore it was concluded that the braking systems were not well integrated. A simple overview of a complex problem in our Event Map.

(click the image to open de Event Map as PDF)

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