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The last thing John Roberts remembers is the train hitting the side of his head.
He doesn’t recall getting knocked from his feet, or being dragged 20 metres next to the train before his crumpled body was slammed into the platform wall.
The train kept moving. A man on the platform raised the alarm.
That was at Heatherdale station on Easter Saturday. The 57-year-old father from Lilydale has been at the Royal Melbourne Hospital ever since.
Paul Roberts visits his brother John in the Royal Melbourne Hospital on Tuesday.CREDIT:ROBYN GRACE
He has undergone six operations and will probably need more. His brother Paul said he’d been told John may not walk again.
CCTV shows John tried to board the train after it had taken off.
Even so, Paul said the accident could have been avoided if there had been a guard on the train.
"Metro has a moral obligation to take care of the passengers. They take their money," he said.
"There are plenty of old, frail people out there struggling to get on trains."
The Roberts family is not alone in calling for guards to be reintroduced after carriage doors separated a mother from her baby in a pram at Southern Cross Station last Friday.
Metro Trains has revealed similar incidents in which children are separated from their parents happen about once a fortnight.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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