The Montparnasse derailment in Paris, 1895. The train was several minutes late and the driver was trying to make up for lost time as it entered the station too fast. The train air brake failed to stop, causing it to crash through the station wall.
Sometimes it’s just best to get to where you need to go late, but safe, rather than rush through your day and end up crashing through a wall – which is what happened at 4pm on October 22 1895 when the Granville–Paris Express passed the buffer stop at the Gare Montparnasse terminus. The train was late, so the driver gunned it and wasn’t able to slow the colossal vehicle down before everything went to heck.
Thankfully there was only one death and six injuries out of the 131 passengers. At the end of the day things could have been much worse, but even though almost everyone survived the driver was fined 50 francs.