"It has been there for almost 20 years and... you actually expect the plastic to pulverise a bit, but that is apparently not the case," he said. The aptly-named sculpture is called, "Saved by the Whale's Tail," and the incident occurred at De … While the cause of the incident hasn't been confirmed, it unfolded just after midnight when the train, which is part of the Rotterdam Metro network, shot through the automatic buffers at the end of the track, according to the train’s operator RET. "We are trying to decide how we can bring the train down in a careful and controlled manner," a local safety board spokesman told broadcaster NOS. Following the route of the Orient Express by sleeper train, Mount Everest's height has increased by almost a meter, The world's biggest square-rigged ship is hosting celebrity-led cruises. As authorities work out how best to remove the train from its unusual perch, the curious scene is attracting fascinated locals, although they are advised to keep their distance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. By 24matins.uk with AFP, published 2 November 2020 at 11h40 GMT, updated on 2 November 2020 at 14h40 GMT. Whale tail sculpture catches metro train after deadly crash in Netherlands. The sculpture Whale Tails, is made of polyester and is the work of Maarten Struijs. A giant art sculpture of two whale tails saved a Dutch train that overran the track from disaster by bringing it to a stop, preventing it from plunging to the ground below. "I could never have imagined it that way.". A runaway Dutch metro train was saved from disaster after it smashed through a stop barrier but then came to rest on a giant sculpture of a whale’s tail. Get inspired to travel everyday by signing up to our daily. The train was left perched upon one of two tail fins known as “flukes” several yards above the ground in Rotterdam. The whale's tail sculpture caught the front carriage of a metro train that had rammed through the end of an elevated section of rails. SPIJKENISSE, Netherlands — A metro train driver in the Netherlands avoided disaster early Monday after the elevated train he was running overran its track but landed on the tail of a whale sculpture at the station. 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. "I'll make sure that I get a few photos," he added. The driver of the train was uninjured and managed to exit the train after it came to a stop. .css-14iz86j-BoldText{font-weight:bold;}A train driver in the Netherlands has had a lucky escape thanks to a fortuitously placed art installation. World. © 2020 Lonely Planet. 3 minutes . A train in the Netherlands has landed on a whale tail sculpture after crashing through a barrier. The Netherlands News. MORE: Charging cows in England trample man to death in second such attack in 10 days SPIJKENISSE, Netherlands (AP) — A salvage operation got underway Tuesday to lift a runaway metro train off a sculpture of a whale’s tail, where it landed after plowing through the end of … The track in question lies directly above water and the area can’t accommodate large cranes, adding to the complexity of the delicate removal process. It ended up being delicately balanced on the large sculpture of a whale's tail at the De Akkers metro station. 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