Whale Tail Sculpture Catches Dutch Train 30 Feet Above Ground An 18-year-old sculpture caught a metro train after it crushed barriers at the end of the tracks early Monday. The train is now suspended 10 metres above a footpath, thanks to the whale’s tail, and is likely to remain there for some time. The train is now suspended 10 metres above a footpath, thanks to the whale’s tail, and is likely to remain there for some time. by Lori Dorn on November 4, 2020. ASSOCIATED PRESS 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. Authorities launched an investigation into how the train could plough through the barrier at the end of the rail tracks. The silver sculpture was designed by architect Maarten Struijs and is made out of reinforced polyester, and it was installed at the station in 2002. A Rotterdam, Netherlands, metro car is suspended by a whale's tail sculpture after crashing through the end of an elevated section of track on Monday morning. © 2020 DutchNews | website by Vindustries. 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The statue, coincidentally called Saved by a Whale's Tale, had not been intended to actually save a train. The DutchNews.nl team would like to thank all the generous readers who have made a donation in recent weeks. DutchNews.nl has been free for 14 years, but without the financial backing of our readers, we would not be able to provide you with fair and accurate news and features about all things Dutch. The driver of a metro train escaped injury when the front carriage rammed through the end of an elevated section of rails and was caught by a sculpture of a whale’s tail near the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. The suspended tram car could be seen by passers-by in the streets below. ‘It’s not because we think he caused the accident,’ said the spokesman. (CNN) A subway train in the Netherlands was saved from a spectacular crash when it burst through buffers and landed on an artwork in the shape of a … (AP Photo/Peter Dejong) From Wilders to Baudet…, Marco van Basten: ‘It was a very big fall and a really dark time’, How US neocons inspired the Netherlands’ new radical right. A Dutch tube train crashed through the buffers at the end of a metro line yesterday morning and was only stopped from plunging ten metres to the ground by a giant sculpture of a whale’s tail.The AEST = Australian Eastern Standard Time which is 10 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Mean Time). We could not provide this service without you. The aptly-named sculpture is called, "Saved by the Whale's Tail," and the incident occurred at De Akkers metro station in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam. The metro train, suspended in the air. It created such a stir locally that authorities urged sightseers to stay away, adding that coronavirus restrictions were in force. ... World Heritage... Whale tails sculpture chosen by local citizens. ‘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. If you have not yet made a contribution, you can do so here. Even so, some 50 people were at the scene as engineers tried to work out how to stabilise and then remove the train amid strengthening winds. 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. The original sculpture was going to … "If plastic has been standing for 20 years, you don't expect it to hold a metro carriage.". The Whale Tail Sculptors Who Saved A Runaway Train Whale tails designed for Rotterdam’s winds. Here's what people think, Is iron ore our secret weapon? ‘Obviously it looks very poetic, but it’s a bonus that the train is being supported by the tail.’. Whale sculpture catches crashed Dutch metro train - BBC News The train was left perched upon one of two tail fins known as … The conductor emerged shocked but unharmed and there were no passengers on board. "A team of experts is investigating how we can make it safe and get it down," Carly Gorter, a spokeswoman for the local security authority, said in a telephone interview. The engineering of the tail was originally intended to withstand strong winds typical in Rotterdam. Police say no-one else was on the train at the time. Photo: 010Fotograaf. The artwork, Whale Tails, was erected in 2002 by the De Akkers station in Spijkenisse on the outskirts of Rotterdam, in the Dutch province of South Holland… Your contributions make this possible. Many thanks to everyone who has donated to DutchNews.nl in recent days! An elevated tram ran past the end of its tracks in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, but instead of plunging 10 metres to the ground, it came to rest delicately on top of a statue of a whale's tail. If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, 16 Dutch words which sound English, but which may not mean what they seem, Blogwatching: My experience learning Dutch so far, DutchNews podcast – The Defenestrated Bond Villain Edition – Week 49, Still working from home? ‘We are trying to decide how we can bring the train down in a careful and … Whale Tail Sculpture Conveniently Stops a Wayward Rotterdam Train From Going Completely off the Rails. The accident happened at the De Akkers metro station, which is the terminus for two metro routes C (from Capelle aan den IJssel) and D (from Rotterdam). The station is … ‘It was a noise that lasted two or three seconds,’ one said. Local metro services between Hoogvliet and Spijkenisse have been cancelled. The driver was able to leave the train himself and was taken to hospital for a check-up. The tram crashed through stop barriers at the end of the station in the town of Spijkenisse, on the southern edge of Rotterdam, early Monday morning (local time). Peter Dejong, The Associated Press. A metro train serving the town of Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, has crashed through the barrier at the end of the track and only the sculpture of a whale has stopped it plummeting into the water below. The incident took place at … Rotterdam: Train saved from plunging 10m into water... by a whale tail sculpture. A metro train serving the town of Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, has crashed through the barrier at the end of the track and only the sculpture of a whale has stopped it plummeting into the water below. 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. Investigation finds why Victoria's healthcare workers were infected in their thousands, Native title chief tips Rio Tinto could end up paying $250 million for destroying ancient caves, Kids' birthdays come and go as parents remain stuck overseas due to travel restrictions, 'More deadly than 9/11': US COVID-19 deaths hit record high, A trial of the controversial cashless welfare card will run for two more years. If you have not yet made a donation, but would like to, you can do so via Ideal, credit card or Paypal. The driver was later arrested and interviewed by police, but a spokesman for transport operator RET said this was standard procedure for incidents involving trains. Composite whale tail sculpture saves runaway metro train in Rotterdam. The architect who designed the sculpture, Maarten Struijs, told Dutch broadcaster RTL he was pleased that it likely saved the life of the driver. Solico is humbled and proud to have engineered the sculpture which caught the runaway train, preventing a total catastrophe. Your financial support has helped us to expand our coverage of the coronavirus crisis into the evenings and weekends and make sure you are kept up to date with the latest developments. ‘If the metro had driven into the other tail, I think it would have crashed through,’ Struijs told AD.nl. A subway train in Rotterdam, Netherlands was saved from a fatal crash when it sped through buffers and landed on a sculpture of a whale’s tail. The tails were placed in the water at the end of the metro tracks in 2002. A salvaging crew prepares to attach chains to lift to a metro train carriage of the whale's tail of a sculpture after it rammed through the end of an elevated section of rails with the driver escaping injuries in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Rottderdam is famous for its 18th century windmills. The statue, coincidentally called Saved by a Whale's Tale, had not been intended to actually save a train. This service may include material from Agence France-Presse (AFP), APTN, Reuters, AAP, CNN and the BBC World Service which is copyright and cannot be reproduced. The driver was the only person on the metro and was uninjured in the accident. The sculpture Whale Tails, is made of polyester and is the work of Maarten Struijs. 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’s part of the investigation.’, The crash happened just before midnight and woke people living in the nearby houses. A giant sculpture of a whale’s tail has miraculously saved a train from plummeting more than 30 feet off of a railway platform in the Netherlands. The tram crashed through stop barriers at the end of the station in the town of Spijkenisse, on the southern edge of Rotterdam, early Monday morning (local time). A Dutch metro train has become an unlikely addition to a piece of urban art after it derailed, crashed through safety barriers, and came to a halt on the top of a sculpture of a whale's tail. The station is the final stop on the metro line. The train was left perched upon one of two tail fins known as “flukes” balancing about 10m above the ground. ‘I realized that there was something on the tail… I thought “something very odd is happening here”.’. The driver of a metro train escaped injury when the front carriage rammed through the end of an elevated section of rails and was caught by a sculpture of a whale’s tail near the Dutch port city of Rotterdam. 2 November 2020, 4:46 am. Ditch the domestic duties and say hello to a Helpling hand, We need more women leaders in tech, says Huawei senior vice president, Open innovation and collaboration powers the digital era, What is happening to the Dutch far right? 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. 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