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The tram that derailed in Kew on Sunday, injuring a number of people on board, has come off the track at least twice before – on one occasion smashing through a sleeping man's bedroom.
The Age can reveal that in May 2016 the tram in Sunday's incident – number 3011 – smashed through a home in High Street, Kew, knocking the home's occupant, Paul Wilson, out of his bed and stopping about a metre short of crushing him.
Cotham Rd in Kew, where a tram derailed and smashed through a fence. CREDIT:NINE NEWS
Three years earlier, in July 2013, number 3011 derailed on the 109 route at Bridge Street, near Port Melbourne.
Yarra Trams has confirmed it was the same tram involved in each incident, all of which were caused by a collision with a car.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union spokesman Phil Altieri said it was not a case of bad luck but rather the poor design of the "cheap as chips" Citadis C-class model, which he said had also been responsible for more than 25 Workcover claims since they were introduced in the early 2000s.
Mr Altieri, the union's tram and bus assistant national secretary, repeated calls for the model to be taken off the roads.
Emergency workers at the scene after the same tram smashed into a house in Kew in 2016CREDIT:COURTESY TWITTER, ABC NEWS MELBOURNE
"We've called for that on a number of occasions, not just because of serious incidents, but because they've injured our drivers in the past," he said.
"Those trams should all be off the road, but that one in particular.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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