350 tonne equipment still blocks Port Hedland road [images]

Traffic on the Great Northern Highway continues to be disrupted as engineers attempt to remove a 350 tonne piece of mining equipment that fell off a truck near Port Hedland.

The accident occurred last week and involved a BHP Billiton boom conveyor being transported between Wedgefield and Finucane Island.

ABC News reports the highway has continued to be periodically closed as Main Roads officials work at clearing debris.

Officials said the massive equipment would have to be dismantled “piece by piece” but engineers are still working on determining the details of the move.

Main Roads' Fionna Findley told ABC News the conveyor had become “quite a tourist attraction” but safety and traffic management were the top priorities.

ABC News/ Main Roads

Mervyn Sher

Mervyn Sher

Mervyn Sher

Thanks to Mervyn Sher for sending in some photos of the accident.

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