Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

Saved by the Whale’s Tail

Usually we feature local pictures on these pages, but this caught my eye early this week.

A fatefully placed whale sculpture in the Netherlands saved a careening train from certain devastation Monday, catching the lead runaway metro carriage on the graceful arc of its mammoth tail. Fortunately, only the driver was aboard and nobody was hurt. 

The improbable incident unfolded at the De Akkers metro station in Spijkenisse just after midnight. Photos from the scene suggest that the train, part of the Rotterdam Metro network, had been unable to stop as it reached its terminus and overran the track. 

Ironically, the title of the sculpture is, in fact, Saved by the Whale’s Tail! If you traveled I-89 through Vermont in years past you might remember a similar sculpture along the highway.

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