Woman is struck by a train after being pushed onto the tracks at an NYC subway station


Terrifying moment a woman, 40, is shoved onto subway tracks at a Manhattan station by a man in a ‘unprovoked’ attack – but escapes with only minor injuries

  • A 40-year-old woman Thursday morning after a man pushed her in front of an oncoming train
  • Cops described the attack as ‘unprovoked’
  • They arrested 24-year-old homeless man Aditya Vemulapati and charged him with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment
  • The incident happened just before 8.30am at Union Square station
  • The woman became trapped under the train and FDNY had to shut down the power to rescue her
  • She had been able to lay flat on the track bed as the train went over her
  • Two subway cars passed over her before the train came to a stop 
  • She suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Bellevue Hospital  

The shocking moment a woman was shoved into the path of an incoming train by a stranger in a Manhattan subway station on Thursday morning was captured on surveillance footage. 

The unidentified 40-year-old woman miraculously escaped with only minor injuries after lying flat on the track bed as the train passed over her. 

She was pushed from the northbound 4/5/6 platform at the 14th St – Union Square station at around 8.45am. 

Her assailant, 24-year-old homeless man Aditya Vemulapati immediately turned himself in after the ‘unprovoked’ attack.  

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He was charged with attempted murder, assault and reckless endangerment on Thursday afternoon.    

According to CBS, witnesses said they saw Vemulapati pacing and muttering to himself on the platform before pushing the woman as the train pulled in.

He allegedly didn’t say a word as he pushed her and made no attempt to run away.  

‘A suspect was immediately taken into custody after a vicious and unprovoked assault at 14th St Union Sq,’ NYPD Transit said. ‘This is an ongoing investigation.’ 

Emergency responders rushed to the scene after receiving several frantic 911 calls. 

They found the unidentified 40-year-old woman trapped under a 5 train with a head injury and FDNY ordered power to the tracks to be shut down as they pulled the victim out. 

She had allegedly been able to lay flat on the track bed as the train went over her, avoiding major injuries. Two subway cars passed over her before the train came to a stop. 

A woman was hospitalized on Thursday morning after being pushed onto the tracks at Union Square subway station and struck by a 5 train in an unprovoked attack on a male assailant

A woman was hospitalized on Thursday morning after being pushed onto the tracks at Union Square subway station and struck by a 5 train in an unprovoked attack on a male assailant

FDNY rescue the 40-year-old woman pushed under a train by a stranger on Thursday

FDNY rescue the 40-year-old woman pushed under a train by a stranger on Thursday

FDNY had to cut off the power to the train as they rescued the woman from under a car

FDNY had to cut off the power to the train as they rescued the woman from under a car

Her injuries were considered non-life-threatening and she was alert and conscious but was taken to Bellevue Hospital, cops said. 

‘It was by the grace of God that she sustained only minor injuries,’ NYPD Transit Chief Kathleen O’Reilly said. 

‘We see him waiting and calculating when the train comes into the station, and at the opportune moment he pushed her to the tracks.

‘Twenty-two million passengers pass through this station every year, so it’s fortunate for us that our officers knew exactly where they needed to be,’ O’Reilly added. 

Crowds looked on as the woman was rescued

An MTA worker clearing the crowd

Crowds looked on as the woman was rescued. Witnesses were able to identify the attacker who  immediately surrendered to an MTA train service supervisor by lying on the ground

Emergency responders rushed to the scene after receiving several frantic 911 calls at 8.30am

Emergency responders rushed to the scene after receiving several frantic 911 calls at 8.30am

Witnesses pointed out Vemulapati and he immediately surrendered to an MTA train service supervisor by lying on the ground, the New York Daily News reports.

‘We have a lot of people coming through here … including the homeless,’ Capt. Anthony Guadagno, commander of Transit District 4, said of Union Station. 

‘As soon as the incident happened, the suspect saw an MTA worker and put himself on the ground. Immediately thereafter, an officer made the apprehension.’ 

‘This is someone who was minding their business waiting to go to work and then suddenly someone comes out of nowhere and throws them on the tracks,’ New York City Transit Interim President Sarah Feinberg told Daily News. 

‘This city has a mental health crisis and people are desperate for mental care.’ 

Thursday morning’s assault was the second time in 14 hours that a person was pushed onto NYC subway tracks by a stranger. 

On Wednesday evening, a 36-year-old man was also beaten and shoved to the train tracks at 42nd St.-Bryant Park by a panhandler.

The man had allegedly refused to give his attacker change. Cops are now looking for a suspect who was pictured wearing a red tracksuit.  

NYPD have asked anyone who witnessed the attacks to call 800-577-TIPS.

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American who stopped ‘Islamic State’ train attack hospitalised in Paris | World News


An American man who was due to testify about his role in the capture of an “Islamic State” operative aboard a high-speed train has been hospitalised, according to his lawyer.

Spencer Stone helped avert a potential mass killing on a fast train from Amsterdam to Paris in 2015.

His lawyer, Thibault de Montbrial, has said that his witness was hospitalised after he flew in to Paris.

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French lawyer Thibault de Montbrial is representing the US soldiers that helped foil a terror attack on an Amsterdam-Paris train in 2015

It remains unclear what exactly happened to Mr Stone – with his representation citing medical privacy.

Mr Stone – a 23-year-old US airman at the time – was among several passengers that helped subdue attacker Ayoub El Khazzani on the train.

Their actions inspired Clint Eastwood to direct the Hollywood film The 15:17 to Paris based on the attack.

Eastwood was denied the opportunity to testify by a French court yesterday.

It was thought he could discuss the authenticity of the scenes in his film.

The actor-turned-director cast the Americans who intervened – Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos and Anthony Sadler – to play themselves in his 2018 film, based on a book published by the three friends recounting their experience.

The American men who helped foil a terror attack receive the Hero Award from actor/director Clint Eastwood in 2016 Pic: Kevin Winter/Getty Images
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The American men who helped foil a terror attack receive the Hero Award from actor/director Clint Eastwood in 2016

On the first day of the trial – 17 November – Mr De Montbrial, representing the Americans, said the “terror attack could have killed up to 300 people based on the number of ammunition that was found”.

He added that – given the scale of what could have happened – it was “one of the most terrifying Islamist terror attacks in 2015”.

Meanwhile, El Khazzani’s defence lawyer Sarah Mauger-Poliak said her client was eager to show how sorry he was.

Spencer Stone was unable to testify for medical reasons, according to his lawyer
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Spencer Stone was unable to testify for medical reasons, according to his lawyer

She said: “I believe there’s a certain impatience on his part to demonstrate his remorse.”

Sarah Mauger-Poliak added that El Khazzani wanted to speak with the victims’ families, if the judge would permit it.

El Khazzani, 31, is charged with attempted terrorist murder for the foiled attack. Three suspected accomplices are also on trial.

If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.



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French court rules against Clint Eastwood testifying in train attack trial



FILE PHOTO: Director Clint Eastwood attends the AFI 2019 Awards luncheon in Los Angeles, California, U.S., January 3, 2020. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

November 18, 2020

PARIS (Reuters) – A French court has ruled that Clint Eastwood cannot testify during the trial of a suspected Islamist gunman, whose attack on a high-speed train was thwarted by three Americans, who later played themselves in a movie by the U.S. actor and director.

The trial of Moroccan national Ayoub el Khazzani, who opened fire aboard a Thalys train traveling through Northern Europe in August, 2015, started on Monday in Paris.

Khazzani’s lawyer had asked before the trial began that the court call Eastwood as a witness, claiming that he could “shed some light” on the authenticity of scenes depicted in his movie.

Eastwood’s movie is based on a book written by the trio entitled “The 15:17 to Paris: The True Story of a Terrorist, a Train, and Three American Heroes”.

Khazzani told investigators before the trial he decided against the attack at the last second but that it was too late to avoid the confrontation with passengers, a judicial source has said.

The movie however does not show this claimed change of heart. The defence lawyer feared the film could influence people’s view of the attack. She wanted to question Eastwood on what instructions he had given as a director to the actors.

Anti-terrorism prosecutors opposed the lawyer’s request. They said Eastwood had not witnessed the incident and that it made no sense to call on a 90-year-old in the midst of a pandemic. They accused the defense of seeking to “to create a buzz”.

The judge refused the request, arguing that Spencer Stone, Anthony Sadler and Alek Skarlatos, the young Americans who immobilised Khazzani before anyone was killed, would testify on Thursday and Friday.

The three men were awarded a medal of honor by then French president Francois Hollande, along with Mark Moogalian, a French-American professor who was shot in the back by Khazzani with a handgun after snatching his Kalashnikov rifle.

Moogalian, who is now 56, will also appear as a witness on Thursday.

(Reporting by Tangi Salaün; Editing by Richard Lough and Alexandra Hudson)





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Trial in France for extremist foiled by 3 Americans on train


PARIS — Head lowered, an Islamic State operative listened silently as a Paris judge on Monday detailed his alleged plot to unleash mass slaughter on a high-speed train before he was tackled and subdued by American vacationers whose heroics inspired Clint Eastwood to direct a Hollywood re-enactment.

Opening a month-long trial for Ayoub El Khazzani, the judge said the 31-year-old Moroccan with ties to a notorious terror mastermind intended to “kill all the passengers” aboard the Amsterdam to Paris train in 2015 but “lost control of events.”

One of the Americans who tackled the bare-chested gunman, who was laden with an arsenal of weapons and shot another passenger, told investigators that he seemed high on drugs and “completely crazy,” the judge said.

A lawyer for the two U.S. servicemen and their friend, whose electrifying capture of El Khazzani inspired Eastwood’s movie “The 15:17 to Paris”, said their heroics during the drama on Aug. 21, 2015 thwarted a “slaughter.”

“This terror attack could have killed up to 300 people based on the number of ammunition that was found on the terrorist and in his bag,” said the attorney, Thibault de Montbrial.

With El Khazzani in court and watched by security officers, the trial opening was largely taken up with procedural issues including whether Eastwood’s presence is needed. That question was not immediately resolved. The actor-director has so far not responded to a summons.

El Khazzani boarded the train in Brussels armed with a Kalashnikov, nine clips with 30 rounds each, an automatic pistol and a cutter, according to investigators.

He is charged with attempted terrorist murder. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

His lawyer, Sarah Mauger-Poliak, said El Khazzani “regrets having allowed himself to become indoctrinated” by extremist propaganda and wants “to demonstrate his remorse.”

Three others, who weren’t on the train, are being tried as alleged accomplices.

Bilal Chatra, 24, an Algerian member of the Islamic State group, would have been the second man on the train but dropped out of the plot a week earlier. He left Syria for Europe a week before to set up the exit route.

Mohamed Bakkali allegedly sheltered the attackers in Budapest, Hungary, which he denies. The two were arrested in Germany in 2016. A third man, Redouane El Amrani Ezzerrifi, allegedly piloted a boat to help in their return to Europe.

The trial ties into the massacre of 130 people in Paris three months later, on Nov. 13, 2015, at the Bataclan music hall and restaurants and cafes. The suspected mastermind of those assaults, Abdel Hamid Abaaoud, also worked behind the scenes in the train attack, according to the prosecution. Prosecutors say Abaaoud and El Khazzani traveled together from Syria to Belgium and holed up with Chatra in a Brussels apartment.

French special forces killed Abaaoud days after the Bataclan attack.

Once aboard the train, El Khazzani lingered in a restroom between cars and emerged bare-chested with the Kalashnikov. One waiting passenger struggled with the attacker, then a French-American, Mark Magoolian, wrestled the Kalashnikov away — before being shot himself by a pistol.

Spencer Stone, then a 23-year-old U.S. airman, has said he was coming out of a deep sleep when the gunman appeared. He said Alek Skarlatos, then a 22-year-old U.S. National Guardsman recently back from Afghanistan, “just hit me on the shoulder and said ‘Let’s go.’”

The men, all from California and following what Skarlatos has said was “gut instinct,” snapped into action. Stone and Skarlatos moved in to tackle the gunman, helped by a third man, Anthony Sadler, 23, then a student. Stone said he choked El Khazzani unconscious. A British businessman also joined the fray.

Stone, whose hand was injured by the cutter, is also credited with saving Magoolian, whose neck was squirting blood. Stone said he “just stuck two of my fingers in his hole and found what I thought to be the artery, pushed down and the bleeding stopped.”

The train rerouted to Arras, in northern France, where El Khazzani was arrested.

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Nicolas Vaux-Montagny reported from Lyon, France.



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Why Running Isn’t the Best Way to Train Police Officers


Police recruits spend hours upon hours running. Depending on the academy and training officers, these runs can vary greatly, ranging from a brisk 1.5 miles to a will-shattering 7-10 miles, almost always in formation. Once the recruits graduate and hit the streets, however, they develop a new relationship with running. Officers who are more purpose-driven in their training find difficulty reconciling distance running with the demands of the job.

No matter what movies and TV would have you believe, if your foot pursuit stretches to 1.5 miles or beyond, something has gone gravely wrong. The pursuit—and the fight that follows—is more likely to be quick, dirty, and violent, which would suggest that sprints, limit strength (the amount of force you can exert in one all-out effort), and combat training should have higher priority in the gym. Why do so many officers-in-training still lace up their running shoes to pound the pavement every day? Are they limiting their survivability on the job? And how does this apply to combat-minded civilians?

Josh Bryant, M.S., CSCS, author of “Jailhouse Strong” and several other books on strength and conditioning, believes that running has its place, but tactical athletes—and those interested in training like them—quickly hit a point of diminishing returns when it comes to “putting in miles.”

The Efficiency Factor

Whatever your job, the way you prioritize your training should match your training objectives if you expect to see results. If your goal is simply to develop a good, strong cardio base, Bryant has good news for you.

“Cardiovascular health and a good aerobic capacity can be developed rather quickly,” he says. “In a couple months of training, people who are totally sedentary can hold their own in a 5K.”

So, putting in your road work will pay off fairly quickly, but for tactical athletes, is it the best use of time?

“These same people would be laughed off the platform in a powerlifting meet,” Bryant says of the couch-to-5K crowd. “Limit strength is much more difficult to develop than cardiovascular endurance. In fact, limit strength increases functional endurance. If you squat 500 pounds, you won’t get as tired dragging a suspect who weighs 150 pounds as you would if your deadlift was 315 pounds. This is because even if your aerobic capacity is poor, you are operating at such a low percentage of your limit strength threshold.”

That’s right, being stronger inadvertently increases your cardio base. According to a 2007 study comparing different types of running, high-intensity interval training (HIIT) sprints—which are considered more anaerobic and power-building in nature—significantly improved subjects’ VO2 max, which is normally considered an important variable for distance runners.[1]  

So, if you allot four hours per week to training, and distance running eats up nearly half of that time, are you potentially hurting yourself in terms of on-the-job functional fitness?

Run, but Don’t

“I am not a big fan of distance running for tactical athletes,” Bryant says. “It can cause postural issues, deteriorate sprinting mechanics, and lead to adverse hormonal responses.”

The problem is that few, if any, recruits are actually taught proper gait patterns for effective distance running, and they are given little time or nutrition to recover. The result is high-volume training performed frequently with improper form. This is akin to being thrown into the deep end of a swimming pool before being taught how to swim, not to mention a recipe for repetitive stress injuries.

A knee injury being examined by a physical therapist.

While long runs may build character, they can have the opposite effect on the human body, leaving many recruits to wash out due to shin splints, arch strains, blisters, stress fractures, and other issues. Unfortunately, running is so engrained in the law enforcement culture, and in our fitness culture as a whole, that it’s unlikely to go quietly into that good night.

Even so, the type of speed development required to go from zero-to-suspect speed can be hampered by running slowly for extended periods of time. A classic coaching adage to consider: Train slow, be slow.

The Running Alternative

“More people, including cops, would benefit from tempo runs, interval training, and for aerobic work, things like rucking and other lower-impact modalities,” says Bryant.

This type of training improves strength and body composition and generally takes less time than long runs. It’s easier on the body and may provide greater occupational benefits for the tactical athlete. Better to focus on building strength and staying lean, which will enable you to develop greater speed as a result.

“Keep in mind, for the average person, the best way to increase speed is to increase one’s strength-to-bodyweight ratio. If you do not presently squat or deadlift 2.5 times your body weight, you will get faster by improving this ratio. This can happen two ways—get stronger and/or drop body fat.”

Heavy barbell deadlift

Bryant conducted a survey of nearly 200 law enforcement officers to understand the physical demands of the work.

“A majority of those surveyed wore 20-29 pounds of external load,” he says. “Some SWAT officers were over 60 pounds during deployments. Having greater amounts of strength and hypertrophy makes officers more proficient in performing occupational tasks with these external loads.”

He believes that it’s better for law enforcement officers to devote their time to developing speed and strength, which will make them more capable of facing the dangers encountered while on duty and with significantly less risk of career-crippling injury.

“The bottom line is that officers must be ready to go from being basically sedentary to multiple movement patterns with high force in an instant,” he says. “Rarely will a police officer have to run beyond 100 yards. It’s better to err on the side of training like an NFL running back than it is to train like a runner.”

Split for Survivability

Try this sample workout split to make the most of the work (and workout) week. It’s based on a three-on/four-off work schedule typical of law enforcement officers. You’ll build strength, speed, and stamina without opening yourself unnecessarily to overuse injuries.

  • Day 1: Strength training
  • Day 2: Strongman cardio
  • Day 3: On duty/active recovery
  • Day 4: On duty/active recovery
  • Day 5: On duty/active recovery
  • Day 6: Combatives training
  • Day 7: Sprints/accessory work

Day 1: Strength Training

Focus primarily on heavy compound movements such as squats, deadlifts, pull-ups, dips, lunges, step-ups, and overhead presses. Use a weighted vest of 20-30 pounds for movements such as pull-ups, dips, and step-ups to more closely mimic the demands of wearing an equipment-bearing vest on duty. Focus on maximum force output on the positive portion of each repetition in order to recruit more fast-twitch fibers. Choose a weight you can handle for approximately 8-10 reps, but stop short of failure at 6-8 reps and keep rest periods to a minute or less, which will enable you to perform more reps with good form while also elevating your metabolic rate post-workout.

Pull-ups

Day 2: Strongman Cardio

This is a specific—and increasingly popular­—type of training, but here we will use it to improve functional fitness. Use this day to hodgepodge unconventional exercises that force your body to work outside of its typical planes of movement. Think tire flips, sledge swings, farmer’s walks, suitcase carries, sled pulls, and wheelbarrow walks. These types of movements, typically done for time or distance, will tax your central nervous system while also helping to jack your metabolism, build full-body strength, bolster stabilizer muscles, and fry your core. Carries, specifically, help to grow your traps and develop bone-crushing grip strength.

Days 3-5: Active Recovery on Duty

Most LEOs work three days in a row, so we’ll use this as your “active” recovery. Days on patrol should be spent being as active as your job will allow, which means getting out of your car, taking foot beats, always choosing the stairs and stretching as often as possible. If you choose to mix in an extra workout on one of these days, try a few rounds on the heavy bag or a minimal-rest, high-volume session for a smaller body part. Both are ideal choices because you can get through them relatively quickly without overtaxing your central nervous system. Recovery is king, especially when symptoms of overtraining such as fatigue, strength decreases, and insomnia can have serious consequences at work.

Day 6: Combatives Training

Whether you’re rolling on the mats in jujitsu class, sparring, or hitting the heavy bag, combatives training is essential for LEOs and self-defense-minded fitness enthusiasts. At a minimum, you should be practicing your defensive tactics once per week in order to develop and maintain these potentially life-saving skills.

Day 7: Sprints or Accessory Work

This is your get-fast day. Sprints help you build or maintain muscle mass while getting you measurably faster. Although intensity is relative—your top speed will be different from your training partner’s—you should focus on 90-100 percent of your maximum speed on each sprint. Use mental tools to motivate you; for example, “I have to catch this armed suspect before he reaches the school.” Take care to minimize injury, including a thorough general warm-up followed by a dynamic warm-up and a light sprint before tackling your max-effort sprints. For a sample program, try this 30-minute sprint workout. Sprints will provide a huge fat-blasting boost to your program while helping you to mitigate the wear and tear of long, monotonous runs.

Meet the most cutting-edge tactical fitness plan out there: 8-Week ACFT Training Plan. It’s designed to help Army soldiers pass the brutal Army Combat Fitness Test, but is equally great at getting any police officer, firefighter, or first responder prepped for whatever their job throws at them!

Reference
  1. Helgured, J., et al. (2007). Aerobic high-intensity intervals improve VO2max more than moderate training. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 39(4), 665-71.



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Wokalup town pauses to remember 100th anniversary of the Mornington train crash


A small rural community in Western Australia will pause today to mark the 100th anniversary of the state’s deadliest train crash, which killed nine people and injured two.

On November 6, 1920, a timber train known as the Jubilee had been carrying railway sleepers and mill workers from the Mornington Mill when it careered off the tracks.

The train crashed near the town of Wokalup, just south of Harvey in the south-west of WA.

Wendy Dickinson, the president of Harvey History Online, said the disaster was a big story at the time.

“I can remember growing up and hearing about it from my mother who was from Harvey,” she said.

“Nothing like this had ever happened and this was not long after people had returned from the First World War.

Media reports from 1921 show an inquest heard the crash was due to insufficient brakes being applied before the train began a decent, but blame was not attached to anyone.

The train crash scene in 1920.(Supplied: Rail Heritage WA)

The man who raised the alarm

Local timber worker Joe Flynn was one of several men who had hitched a ride on the timber train.

“He was able to scramble onto the last bogie,” said Flynn’s great-nephew, Norm Flynn.

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Norm Flynn began to research the crash after first hearing about it from his grandfather.(ABC South West: Kate Stephens)

Mr Flynn first heard about his family connection to the crash from his grandfather in the 1960s.

He was told his great-uncle rushed to Wokalup to raise the alarm.

“The story in the paper is that he ran into the hotel and yelled, ‘The Jubilee, the Jubilee is off the line!’ but no one could understand what he was saying,” Mr Flynn said.

“So, they sat him down and gave him a drink and he said, ‘The Jubilee is off the line and all hands are dead’.”

After Flynn raised the alarm, a rescue team went to the crash site and managed to pull survivors, which included the driver, from the rubble.

Remembering for the next generation

To acknowledge the crash, the Shire of Harvey will erect a sign at the Wokalup Tavern, the site where the news of the crash first broke.

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Wendy Dickinson says it is important the local community remembers the tragic crash.(ABC South West: Kate Stephens)

Ms Dickinson is also a Harvey Shire councillor and says it is important the community remembers the story for generations to come.

“Once the people that currently know the story pass away, this could very easily get lost,” she said.



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Dutch whale tail sculpture catches crashed metro train


Even so, some 50 people were at the scene late on Monday morning 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.

“It’s tricky,” she added.

Sightseers were urged to stay away from the scene due to the pandemic.Credit:AP

The architect who designed the sculpture, Maarten Struijs, told Dutch broadcaster RTL he was pleased that it likely saved the life of the driver.

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“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.”

The company that operates the metro line said the driver was not injured and there were no passengers on the train when it crashed through stop barriers at the end of the station in the town of Spijkenisse, on the southern edge of Rotterdam, early on Monday morning. The station is the final stop on the metro line.

Authorities launched an investigation into how the train could plough through the barrier at the end of the rail tracks. The driver was being interviewed as part of the probe, the Rijnmondveilig security authority said.

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Rotterdam: Whale sculpture saves train from plunging 10m into water | World News


A train that shot through a stop block was saved from a dramatic plunge into the water below – by a sculpture of a whale’s tail.

The metro train was left balancing on the tail fins – known as “flukes” – 10m above the ground near the Dutch port city of Rotterdam.

The crash happened just before midnight and woke people living in nearby houses, but thankfully, the train’s driver escaped injury.

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Dutch whale tail sculpture has stopped a metro train from crashing into water after it overran the stop blocks.

One nearby resident said: “It was a noise that lasted two or three seconds.”

“I realized that there was something on the tail… I thought ‘Something very odd is happening here’.”

Authorities were forced to tell sightseers to stay away after scores ignored coronavirus restrictions to visit the scene where workers are trying to remove the train.

Despite this, some 50 people remained as authorities worked against strengthening winds.

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“A team of experts is investigating how we can make it safe and get it down. It’s tricky,” a spokeswoman for the local security authority.

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An photo taken in Spijkenisse, on November 2, 2020 shows a metro train that shot through a stop block at De Akkers metro station, without making any casualty. - A Dutch metro train was saved from disaster on November 2, 2020, when it smashed through a safety barrier but was prevented from plummeting into water by a sculpture of a whale tail. The driver of the train, who was the only person on board, was unharmed in the incident which happened just after midnight at Spi
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The train shot through a stop block at De Akkers metro station

There were no passengers on the train when it crashed through stop barriers at the end of the station, which is the final stop on the line.

The driver was able to leave the train himself and was taken to hospital for a check-up.

The sculpture Whale Tails, is made of polyester and is the work of Maarten Struijs. The tails were placed in the water at the end of the metro tracks in 2002.



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Alleged freight train stowaway caught in Adelaide in breach of coronavirus restrictions



A man accused of stowing away on a freight train has been arrested in Adelaide, after allegedly crossing into SA from Victoria in breach of travel restrictions.

A rail supervisor found the 41-year-old, and called police, after the train arrived in Adelaide early this morning.

Police said the man boarded the train in the Victorian town of Dimboola, before it departed for Adelaide last night.

They did not say if the man was from the Wimmera town or from elsewhere within Victoria.

Police said the man had earlier submitted a cross border travel registration form, but failed to wait for a judgement.

He has been charged with breaching COVID-19 directions and has been refused bail to face court later today.

Dimboola is on the main train line between Adelaide and Melbourne.

It is about 100 kilometres east of the South Australian border, leaving it outside of relaxed border restrictions announced yesterday.

The incident comes after four men admitted stowing away on a freight train to Adelaide in July, after border restrictions between South Australia and Victoria came in.

The men all pleaded guilty to failing to follow COVID-19 directions.

They escaped conviction after admitting the offences and spending a day in custody.

Police arrested three men last week over separate instances of entering South Australia from Victoria by car in contravention of border restrictions.

One new case in quarantine

Another traveller who has returned from overseas is South Australia’s latest positive COVID-19 case.

The man aged in his 30s has been in a medi-hotel since arriving back .

He tested positive on his first day in the state.

There are now eight active cases in South Australia and 477 recorded since the start of the pandemic.

Victoria reported three new cases today.



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Deer in Sydney sparks city train delays; sightings in Chippendale, Pyrmont


But the animal was captured in the Chippendale area and tranquilised by a vet about 11am after police involved the RSPCA and Taronga Zoo in their search. The deer was then taken by police escort in a van to the Mosman zoo before noon.

“The reason for that is we were told the deer needed to get to the zoo as quickly as possible because if it was to wake up when it was in the van it would be distressed,” a police spokesperson said.

The animal was seen before 9am in the Chippendale area, near the train tracks between Redfern and Central Station.

“Due to an animal in the rail corridor at Central earlier, delays of up to 15 minutes are being experienced on some Western Line services travelling away from the city,” Sydney Trains said on social media at the time.

A spokesperson said it was unharmed and “left the rail corridor by itself”.

Police first received a call at 5.25am reporting a deer in the Anzac Bridge breakdown lane at the Allen Street off-ramp in Pyrmont.

After an unsuccessful attempt to trap the deer, police sought specialist assistance from the RSPCA, a spokesperson said.

A caller to Ben Fordham’s breakfast show on 2GB said he saw a van bump the deer on Allen Street.

About 7.30am, a caller to the show said she had seen the deer on Regent Street, heading towards Central Station.

Stephen Oates told the Herald he also saw the deer about 10 minutes later, while on a train heading south from Central.

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“It was near some construction work just below Prince Alfred Park, I believe,” he said.

Earlier in the morning, the deer had been reported by a caller to Luke Grant’s show on 2GB, who said he had seen the animal around Harris Street.

The Transport Management Centre urged motorists to exercise caution, after receiving reports the deer had been moving in the Pyrmont area early in the morning.

“It was last seen jumping a fence and hasn’t been seen since,” they said.

It comes after two deer were seen in Sydney’s inner west this month.

The deer were seen running through Leichhardt, Annandale and Balmain by multiple members of the public.

One of the deer was euthanised by the RSPCA after it was deemed to be in ill health having become distressed in the backyard of a Leichhardt unit complex. However, the other deer remained on the loose.

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