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WA ore rail line reopens after fatality

<span class="" id="parent-fieldname-description"> The main iron ore rail line from Newman to Port Hedland has reopened following the death of a man on June 18. </span> <p>By Sineva Toevai</p><p>Operations along the main BHP Billiton Iron Ore rail artery resumed more than 10 hours after a contract employee died in a non work-related accident shortly before 4am, a BHP Billiton spokeswoman said.</p><p>The incident, 203 km south of Port Hedland, was not being treated as suspicious, Western Australian police said.</p><p>The worker’s next of kin, who do not live in Australia, were being notified, the spokeswoman said.</p><p>The rail line, about 420 km in length, transports iron ore from mines at Newman to Port Hedland for export.</p><p>BHP said any impact on iron ore delivery to the port would be outlined in its production report.</p><p>A typical BHP ore train is almost 4 km in length with the capacity to move about 25,000 tonnes.</p><p>Source: Lloyd’s List Daily Commercial News – <a href="http://www.lloydslistdcn.com.au">www.lloydslistdcn.com.au</a><br />&nbsp</p>