Whale Sculpture Stops Train from Derailing in the Netherlands



A train driver in the Netherlands escaped injury Monday 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 Rotterdam.

Images broadcast on Dutch media showed the metro train suspended on the whale’s tail several meters (yards) above the ground.

The company that operates the metro line said the driver was uninjured, and there were no passengers on the train when it crashed through stop barriers at the end of the station in the town of Spijkenisse, on the southern edge of Rotterdam, early Monday morning.

The station is the final stop on the metro line.

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