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ANXIETY over memorial flowers left on the tracks of a busy Victorian commuter line caused train drivers to stop work during peak hour today, rail operator V/Line said.
V/Line spokeswoman Dionne Lew said drivers on the Geelong line were traumatised by flowers being left on the tracks in tribute to a teenage girl killed in a rail accident earlier this month.
Sarah Stringer, 14, was hit by an express train and died while rushing across the rail tracks at North Shore Station, near Geelong on September 19.
She had taken a short cut across the tracks and had been trying to scramble onto the platform when she was struck in full view of commuters and her mother, who had just dropped her off.
Spokeswoman Dionne Lew said many people had left flowers for Sarah on the train tracks near where she died.
"The drivers were quite traumatised by what happened," she said.
"Drivers ... who may have experienced similar things before, that sort of thing can cause them to be further traumatised."
Train services were delayed or replaced with buses on the line from the start of services at 5.30am (AEST) until about 8am today while train drivers held a meeting.
"We'll be working with them (the drivers), the family and the community to find a way that we can pay tribute to Sarah ... in a way that is sensitive to everyone," Ms Lew said.
"We are still obviously talking to the family. We are trying to be sensitive to everyone."
Ms Lew apologised to customers, saying, many would have been affected by the delays and cancellations.
The Rail, Tram and Bus Union was not immediately available for comment.
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