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A tram conductor has a lucky escape in the Dutch city of Rotterdam as a statue of a whale's tail suspends his carriage in the air after it ploughs through the end of the line.
The conductor emerged shocked but unharmed and there were no passengers on board.
The statue, coincidentally called Saved by a Whale's Tale, had not been intended to actually save a train.
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).
The station is the final stop on the metro line.
The suspended tram car could be seen by passers-by in the streets below.
It created such a stir locally that authorities urged sightseers to stay away, adding that coronavirus restrictions were in force.
Local authorities say getting the tram down will be very tricky.(A Peter Dejong)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.
"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 architect who designed the sculpture, Maarten Struijs, told Dutch broadcaster RTL he was pleased that it likely saved the life of the driver.
"I'm surprised it's so strong," he said.
"If plastic has been standing for 20 years, you don't expect it to hold a metro carriage."
Authorities launched an investigation into how the train could plough through the barrier at the end of the rail tracks.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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