Rotterdam commuter tram ‘Saved by a Whale’s Tale’ after derailment

An elevated tram ran past the end of its tracks in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, but instead of plunging 10 metres to the ground, it came to rest delicately on top of a statue of a whale’s tail.

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.

Getting the tram down will be tricky, local authorities said.(AP: 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.

“It’s tricky.”

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.

Authorities launched an investigation into how the train could plow through the barrier at the end of the rail tracks.


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Meet the 35-year-old Melbourne tram driver lobbying to get Victorian Storm fans into ANZ

Twenty of those hours would be spent on the bus, with the group planning to leave AAMI Park in Melbourne at 4am on Sunday and spending just four hours at ANZ Stadium at Homebush before travelling home.

In their application for the exemption, the group outlined that all supporters will test for COVID-19 within two days prior to the trip and will be subject to regular temperature checks.

The group is hoping to make one stop at Barnawartha on the Victorian side of the border, depending on whether they are able to get a clearance from the Dan Andrews’ government, before driving to ANZ Stadium, where they would be seated in an isolated bay.

Mr Tomlin says he has been in contact with NSW’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant and Health Minister Brad Hazzard’s office to find out whether the idea would be possible.

Diehard fan and Melbourne tram driver Chris Tomlin, 35, is lobbying the NSW government to allow a “Storm fan bubble” across the border to visit ANZ Stadium on October 25.Credit:Joe Armao

“I’m realistic that this is a huge feat and it’s very unlikely it will happen,” he said. “But at least I won’t be thinking I should have been there, there’s something I should have done, there’s something I could have done. There’s no questions left unanswered,” he said.

“I’ve got to the highest level of government in NSW to make an authoritative decision … therefore I can just sit back and enjoy the game.”

Mr Tomlin said he has also been in touch with the NRL and ANZ Stadium officials.

The NRL said they would “require time to consult with its various stakeholders” if the plan was approved by the government.

“We don’t want to be jeopardising anyone health,” Mr Tomlin said. “If we got approval – I would honestly cry.”


Mr Tomlin has a coach company on standby for the trip.

Mr Tomlin is an administrator of the Storm Active Supporters fan Facebook group and said he has received expressions of interest from almost 400 fans.

“There are so many people keen to go,” he said. “I love when someone says to me you won’t get this off the ground, this isn’t going to happen you’re wasting your time because it just drives me so much more.”

A spokesman for NSW Health said the border restrictions with Victoria were a “necessary measure” to protect the community.

“NSW Health does not comment on individual cases due to privacy. However, in relation to requests for exemptions from quarantine to attend the NRL grand final, no such exemptions have been provided.”

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Coronavirus: Man punched in face after removing mask to speak to elderly mother on tram | UK News

A man in Blackpool has been punched in the face for taking his mask off to speak to his elderly mother while they were travelling on a tram.

Police said the victim is in his 60s and his mother, who is in her 90s, is hard of hearing.

As the pensioner removed his face covering to speak to her, the suspect came up behind him and demanded that he put his mask back on, police said.

CCTV footage of a man police are urgently looking to speak to

He then punched the man in the face, leaving him with a bruised eye.

The incident happened on a Blackpool tram at about 8.30pm on 4 September.

PC Laura Alves, of Lancashire Police, said: “This was a shocking attack on a man who was simply trying to speak to his mother, who is hard of hearing.

“We urgently need to speak to the man in the CCTV still and I would ask that anyone who recognises him to contact police.

“Similarly, I would appeal to the man directly to contact us if you see this appeal.”

The attacker is described as in his 30s, about 5ft 6in tall, of large build, wearing all black with a grey face mask.

He had a shaved head with dark hair and was wearing glasses.

No arrest has been made and inquiries are continuing.

Anyone with information can call police on 101, quoting log 0428 of 5 September, 2020. Alternatively, call independent charity Crimestoppers, in confidence, on 0800 555111

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