Hexbyte Tech News Wired A Runway Train Traveled 57 Miles Through Australia’s Outback

Hexbyte Tech News Wired

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

When a 268-car, 4-locomotive train barreled through the Australian Outback with no one aboard, authorities had to knock it off its tracks.

Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Hexbyte  Tech News  Wired

When a 268-car, 4-locomotive train barreled through the Australian Outback with no one aboard, authorities had to knock it off its tracks.

Nelson Ching/Bloomberg

Most things don’t happen the way they do in the movies. Changes are less sudden, incidents less surprising, humans less attractive. But when a runaway train tore through the Australian outback, the action sequence that followed seems to have come right out of a Tony Scott flick.

The whole mess started when the engineer stopped the 268-car, four-locomotive train and hopped out to inspect one of the cars, according to the Australian Transport Safety Board. While he was on the ground (presumably distracted by giant spiders and roving kangaroos), the train pulled away with nobody on board. Loaded down with iron ore, it was soon hitting 68 mph. The train, operated by metals, mining, and petroleum giant BHP, covered a remarkable 57 miles before the company stopped it—by flinging it off the tracks.

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