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The mangled wreckage of a deliberately derailed runaway iron ore train in Western Australia's Pilbara region has been revealed in video footage from the crash site.

The train was travelling at an average speed of 110 kilometres per hour before the derailment at Turner, 120 kilometres south of Port Headland. No-one was injured in the incident.

According to Reuters, one of BHP's customers in China, a steel producer, has not yet received any notice from the miner.

The miner said its normal train operations remain suspended, estimating that around 1.5 km of train track were damaged.

BHP has large iron ore stockpiles at port, so it is unlikely any scheduled shipments will be missed.

'We have a long-term contract with BHP and we haven't received a notification so far, ' an official, who declined to be named, told the newswire.

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The train, comprising 268 wagons stretching nearly two miles in length, was carrying up to 35,000 tonnes of iron ore worth about $2 million when the driver alighted to inspect an issue with a wagon and the train moved off without him.

In a statement, the company said "material logistics" to enable fix of the track were "well advanced", with more workers expected to be assigned as the work progressed.

Industry specialists were confused about why the train would have run away down the tracks.

Separate investigations into the train derailment are being conducted by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator and BHP. "We can not speculate on the outcome of the investigation", BHP said.

"We are working with the appropriate authorities to investigate the situation", a BHP spokeswoman said.

However, the company now says it expects the reserves will not be sufficient to cover the period of disruption until partial rail operations can resume in "about one week".


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