Two driverless trucks crashed at a WA mine. FILE PHOTO
Two driverless trucks crashed at a WA mine. FILE PHOTO

Driverless trucks collide in WA mine

NO ONE was hurt when two autonomous trucks collided at a BHP iron ore mine in the Pilbara over the weekend.

The mining giant told The West Australian that the collision between the driverless vehicles happened about 11pm on Saturday at the Jimblebar mine site, about 40km easy of Newman.

A company spokeswoman told the newspaper that significant rainfall had "deteriorated the road surface, causing one vehicle to slip into the other".

One of the trucks was travelling at about 27km/hr and the other at 14km/hr and reports said one was loaded and one empty.

The mine was the first of the BHP's Pilbara portfolio to move completely to driverless trucks and had a fleet of about 50 autonomous trucks by the end of 2017.

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