The great train wreck

Here’s a great photo for a physics lesson on inertia or kinetic energy:

And here’s the description of this accident from Wikipedia:

On October 22, 1895, the Granville–Paris Express train overran the buffer stop at Gare Montparnasse station. The engine careened across almost 30 metres (100 feet) of the station concourse, crashed through a 60 centimetre thick wall, shot across a terrace and sailed out of the station, plummeting onto the Place de Rennes 10 metres (30 feet) below where it stood on its nose. While all of the passengers on board the train survived, one woman on the street below was killed by falling masonry.

Photo credit: Studio Lévy and Sons

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