Rotterdam: Train saved from plunging 10m into water… by a whale tail sculpture | World News


A train that shot through a stop block was saved from a dramatic plunge into the water below – by a sculpture of a whale’s tail.

The metro train was left balancing on the tail fins – known as “flukes” – 10m above the ground near the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

The crash happened just before midnight and woke people living in nearby houses, but thankfully, the train’s driver escaped injury.

One nearby resident said: “It was a noise that lasted two or three seconds.”

“I realized that there was something on the tail… I thought ‘Something very odd is happening here’.”

Authorities were forced to tell sightseers to stay away after scores ignored coronavirus restrictions to visit the scene where workers are trying to remove the train.

Despite this, some 50 people remained as authorities worked against strengthening winds.

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“A team of experts is investigating how we can make it safe and get it down. It’s tricky,” a spokeswoman for the local security authority.

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An photo taken in Spijkenisse, on November 2, 2020 shows a metro train that shot through a stop block at De Akkers metro station, without making any casualty. - A Dutch metro train was saved from disaster on November 2, 2020, 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 Spi
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The train shot through a stop block at De Akkers metro station

There were no passengers on the train when it crashed through stop barriers at the end of the station, which is the final stop on the line.

The driver was able to leave the train himself and was taken to hospital for a check-up.

The sculpture Whale Tails, is made of polyester and is the work of Maarten Struijs. The tails were placed in the water at the end of the metro tracks in 2002.



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