SPIJKENISSE, Netherlands (AP) – The front carriage of a Dutch subway train landed on a whale-tail sculpture after plunging past the end of an overhead track that was lifted from the artwork today Tuesday and land carefully.
The ship was precariously balanced on the stern of a whale 10 meters (33 feet) from the ground on Monday, after crashing off the top of a metro line in Spijkenisse, a town on the southern edge of Rotterdam.
Two large yellow cranes worked in tandem on Tuesday, placing the leash around the front and rear of the train̵7;s top wagon to support it. During an operation that started at dawn and lasted until dusk, workers also cut it off from another train and removed its wheels before the train slowly landed on the ground.
About 30 activity spectators cheered as the front car was finally separated from the rest of the train amidst the darkness and cheered again as it was placed on the ground.
The ship was empty by the time it crashed into the sculpture and the boatman escaped unharmed, thanks to the whale’s stern catch.
Local security agency said the driver was interviewed by police on Monday as part of an investigation into the cause of the crash and allowed to go home.