Whale that was lucky! Metro train escapes horror crash thanks to sculpture

WHALE that was lucky! Metro train escapes a horror crash thanks to a sculpture.

A perfectly placed sculpture of a whale saved the life of a train driver in Spijkenisse, near the city of Rotterdam, Netherlands, after it crashed through a barrier at the end of the tracks on Sunday, November 1.

The lucky escape for the Metro driver happened shortly before midnight when instead of dropping 10m (32ft) into the water below, the conveniently placed artwork left the train suspended in mid-air, avoiding a horror crash.

The sculpture erected in the water, titled Whale Tails, is the work of the architect and artist Maarten Struijs, and has sat at the end of the De Akkers metro station since 2002.

Mr. Struijs told Dutch national broadcaster NOS that he was surprised the structure did not break: “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.”

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Matthew Roscoe

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