A whale’s tail prevents a rail disaster in Holland

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What could have ended in tragedy was left in great fright in the Dutch town of Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam. A convoy of the metro of this town collided with the barrier at the end of the tracks and would have fallen into the void if the tail of a whale sculpture gigantic. The train was suspended 10 meters above the ground.

The accident it happened shortly before midnight at the De Akkers metro station, which is the end of two metro lines, C (coming from de Capelle aan den IJssel) y la D (from Rotterdam). At the time of the accident, there were no passengers left on board, according to the police. The convoy driver was able to get off the train and was taken to the hospital for a check-up.

The sculpture ‘Tails of the Whale’, made of polyester, is the work of the artist Maarten Struijs. The work was installed in the water, at the end of the railway lines in 2002.

“We are analyzing how to get the train out of there in a controlled manner and with all precautionary measures,” explained an official spokesperson quoted by the NOS chain.

The noise woke up the surrounding neighbors. “It was a noise that lasted 2 or 3 seconds,” explained one. “I saw that there was something on the whale’s tail and I thought something strange was happening,” added this neighbor.

As a result of the incident, the metro services between Hoogvliet and Spijkenisse have been canceled.



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