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A driverless, 268-car iron ore train was derailed in Western Australia on Monday -- but only after it traveled nearly 60 miles without an engineer, officials said.

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau said the train, operated by Australian mining company BNP, was traveling from Newman to the coastal city of Port Headland when the driver stopped the train to inspect a car.

But when the engineer left the locomotive, the vacant train rolled away.

The train, with four locomotives and 268 cars, traveled 57 miles before being "deliberately derailed" at a siding about 74 miles outside of Port Headland.

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B Samson [WildFyre]Author
I'm going to guess the engineer set full throttle and thought he had the dynamic brake before hopping out to set a switch.
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