EXCLUSIVE: Rail bridge collapses at Rio Tinto operation

A rail bridge running near Rio Tinto’s Brockman 2 iron ore mine has collapsed.

It is understood a new rail overpass for a new haul road at the Brockman 2 mine collapsed on Saturday afternoon.

The West Australian Department of Mines and Petroleum added: "A section of a nearly completed rail overpass tunnel partially collapsed onto the Brockman 2 and Brockman 4 rail lines."

A Rio Tinto spokesperson confirmed the incident had occurred.
"Rio Tinto has temporarily stopped rail haulage from its Brockman 2 and Brockman 4 mines in the Pilbara," a spokesperson told Australian Mining.
"This follows the structural failure of a small section rail overpass, that is currently under construction, causing dirt to fall on to the rail line below.
"There were no injuries as a result of the incident. As always, the safety of our people remains our number one priority.
"Production at the Brockman mines is unaffected and is continuing."
It went on to state "Rio Tinto has notified the relevant authorities and commenced an internal investigation into the incident".
According to sources close to the incident ore trains have been prevented from operating out of B2.


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