Whale tail sculpture saves Dutch metro train

Whale tail sculpture saves Dutch metro train
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A general view of a metro that crashed through a stop block and landed on an artwork of a whale tail at De Akkers subway station in Spijkenisse, near Roterdam, Netherlands, November 2, 2020. (Reuters)
Whale tail sculpture saves Dutch metro train
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The whale’s tail of a sculpture caught the front carriage of a metro train as it rammed through the end of an elevated section of rails with the driver escaping injuries in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (AP Photo)
Whale tail sculpture saves Dutch metro train
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The whale’s tail of a sculpture caught the front carriage of a metro train as it rammed through the end of an elevated section of rails with the driver escaping injuries in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands, Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (AP Photo)
Whale tail sculpture saves Dutch metro train
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A general view of a metro that crashed through a stop block and landed on an artwork of a whale tail at De Akkers subway station in Spijkenisse, near Roterdam, Netherlands, November 2, 2020. (Reuters)
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Updated 02 November 2020

Whale tail sculpture saves Dutch metro train

Whale tail sculpture saves Dutch metro train
  • The front carriage was left hanging 10 meters above the water, propped up only by the giant silver-colored sculpture — called, improbably, “Saved by the Whale’s Tail”
  • The sculpture was built around 20 years ago in a park underneath the raised metro, its name a deliberate play on the fact that it is a “tail track” at the end of the line

SPIJKENISSE, Netherlands: A Dutch metro train was saved from disaster Monday when it smashed through a safety barrier but was prevented from plummeting into water by a sculpture of a whale tail.
The driver of the train, who was the only person on board, was unharmed in the incident which happened just after midnight at Spijkenisse, near the port city of Rotterdam.
The front carriage was left hanging 10 meters (30 feet) above the water, propped up only by the giant silver-colored sculpture — called, improbably, “Saved by the Whale’s Tail.”
“The metro went off the rails and it landed on a monument called Saved by the Whale’s Tail. So that literally happened,” Carly Gorter of the Rijnmond regional safety authority told AFP.
“Because of the whale’s tail the driver actually was saved, it’s incredible.”
The driver was later held for questioning, the safety authority said. The cause of the crash was still being investigated.
The sculpture was built around 20 years ago in a park underneath the raised metro, its name a deliberate play on the fact that it is a “tail track” at the end of the line.
It features two large whale tails poking out of the water, one of which saved the train.
A team of experts, including the architect of the sculpture, was now on site to work out how to safely remove the train.
“The problem is it’s water around it, so a crane isn’t able to get there,” said Gorter.
“We have a lot of wind at the moment and that’s one of the issues that we’re facing, that’s a risk and worry.”