Investigations continuing into iron ore train accident

Investigations are continuing into an incident in which an iron ore train hit a grader working on the rail in the Pilbara.

It is understood an empty BHP iron ore train hit an NRW operated grader working for Roy Hill which was carrying out maintenance activities on the rail.

A BHP spokesperson confirmed the incident.

“At approximately 2:30pm AWST on 6 January 2015, an empty BHP Billiton Iron Ore train came into contact with a grader undertaking contract work for Roy Hill approximately 160 kilometres south of Port Hedland,” the spokesperson said.

“Emergency services personnel attended the scene, with the driver of the grader transferred to Port Hedland hospital for observation.

“Safety remains our number one priority.  The Office of Rail Safety has been notified, and the Company is working closely with Roy Hill to ascertain the cause of the incident.”

Speaking to NRW, it stated that the operator the grader was able to return to work several days after the incident.

The WA Office of Rail Safety added that it has directed Roy Hill and BHP to undertake a joint investigation.

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