The front carriage of a train that landed on a sculpture of a whale’s tail after ploughing through the end of an elevated section of track has been painstakingly lowered to the ground.
Two cranes held the train up with chains, placed at both ends of the front carriage to support it, as workers cut it loose from the rest of the train before the carriage was lifted clear of the artwork on November 3.
The train was left balanced on the whale’s tail 10 metres above the ground on Monday, after plunging off the end of De Akkers metro line in the town of Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, Holland.
There were no passengers inside the train when it crashed on to the sculpture, and the train driver was unharmed although shaken up.
The front carriage of a train that landed on a sculpture of a whale’s tail has been painstakingly lifted clear of the artwork and lowered to the ground
Two cranes held the train up with chains, placed at both ends of the front carriage to support it, as workers cut it loose from the rest of the train
The runaway train crashed through the station buffer at 12.30am, landing on a giant whale sculpture 25ft in the air, and there were no passengers on board
Workers lifted the train from the artwork after it crashed through the station buffer and was suspended in the air. The driver of the train was shaken but was unharmed
The local security authority said the driver was interviewed by police on Monday as part of the investigation into the cause of the crash and allowed to go home.
The runaway train crashed through the station buffer at 12.30am, landing on a giant whale sculpture 25ft in the air.
Instead of plunging into the water below, the front carriage ended up suspended dramatically in the air, propped up only by the silver cetacean.
A metro train crashed through a buffer stop and landed on a 25ft-high whale artwork near De Akkers station in Spijkenisse, Netherlands, on November 2
The train ran through the station buffer at 30 minutes past midnight last night, at De Akkers metro station in the city of Spijkenisse
There were no passengers inside the train when the incident happened, and the train driver was unharmed although shaken up
He was taken to hospital for a check-up.
Images show how the train shot through the end of the track and came to rest suspended precariously on the artwork.
The undercarriage of the train was completely ripped up in the process, and the train's back windows were smashed in.
The photos show the train's display sign, which still reads in Dutch: 'Sorry, no service.'
'The metro went off the rails and it landed on a monument called Saved by the Whale's Tail. So that literally happened,' Carly Gorter of the Rijnmond regional safety authority told AFP.
'Because of the whale's tail the driver actually was saved, it's incredible.'
The driver was later held for questioning, the safety authority said. The cause of the crash was still being investigated.