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Dramatic Rail Accident at Gare Montparnasse, France

Dramatic Rail Accident at Gare Montparnasse, France


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Dramatic Rail Accident at Gare Montparnasse, France

At the Montparnasse terminus of the Chemin de Fer de l Ouest, the Granville train crashes through the buffers and into the street (Rue de Rennes), killing a poor woman selling newspapers (Marie-Augustine Aguilard) - Tuesday, 22nd October 1895 at 4:05 in the afternoon. The Driver was Guillaume-Marie Pellerin. Date: 1895

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22nd Accident Bizarre Broken Chemin Crash Drama Dramatic Fallen Fell Gare Montparnasse Smash Tuesday Weird Louest Unbelievable


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This print captures the aftermath of a truly dramatic rail accident that occurred at Gare Montparnasse in France. On Tuesday, 22nd October 1895, at precisely 4:05 in the afternoon, chaos unfolded as the Granville train crashed through the buffers and into Rue de Rennes, tragically claiming the life of Marie-Augustine Aguilard, a poor woman selling newspapers. The sheer disbelief and awe-inspiring nature of this incident is evident in every detail captured by this image. The broken wall and fallen debris serve as haunting reminders of the immense force unleashed when transportation meets disaster. It is an unbelievable scene that defies comprehension - a bizarre collision between two worlds that were never meant to intersect. Guillaume-Marie Pellerin, the driver responsible for this fateful event, must have been overwhelmed with shock and remorse as he witnessed his train plow through barriers meant to protect both passengers and pedestrians alike. This photograph freezes time on one of history's most tragic moments within railway history. As we gaze upon this print from Mary Evans Prints Online, let us remember not only the astonishing power behind railways but also reflect on how quickly our lives can be altered by unforeseen circumstances. May it serve as a poignant reminder to cherish those fleeting moments we often take for granted while navigating our own journeys through life's unpredictable tracks.

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