July 15, 2024



Dutch train ‘broke speed limit’ before crashing into whale sculpture, a new report finds



An underground train that miraculously landed on a giant whale tail sculpture in the Netherlands was going too fast, according to a new official report. The train was saved by the structure after crashing through the barriers of an elevated section of track in Spijkenisse, near Rotterdam, in November 2020.

Instead of crashing into the water ten metres below, the leading metro train was left hanging spectacularly in the air, perched on the silver metal whale’s tail. The driver of the metro, who was alone on board, was unharmed.

According to an investigation into the cause of the accident, the train was travelling at a speed of 57 km/h. The speed limit was 35 km/h.

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