Fully-loaded Rio Tinto’s autonomous train crashes

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Australia’s Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator (ONRSR) said a recovery train reportedly crashed into the driverless iron ore train it was dispatched to retrieve, following a mechanical failure.

An unloaded autonomous train derailed in February at the Dampier port, where Rio Tinto ships iron ore through Cape Lambert.

The miner said at the time that nobody got hurt in the accident, which involved about 38 wagons of the self-driving train. 

A similar incident occurred with an autonomous Rio Tinto train in June last year, when as many as 30 wagons left the tracks about 12 miles from Dampier.

Rio Tinto’s peers, BHP (ASX: BHP) and Fortescue (ASX: FMG) have also reported derailments at their iron ore operations in recent months.

The most infamous Pilbara train derailment took place in 2018, when BHP was forced to deliberately push a runaway train off its track. The machine was almost three km long and its four locomotives and 268 wagons were fully laden. At one point, the locomotive reached average speeds of about 110km/h (68m/h) on the track between Newman and Port Hedland.

Rio Tinto, the world’s largest iron ore producer, operates about 14,000 ore cars across its Pilbara rail network, each of which can hold an estimated 118 tonnes of iron ore.

This article was originally published by a www.mining.com

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