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Train drivers still traumatised by last week's death of a
teenage girl on a rail track near Geelong refused to work this
morning until they could discuss the matter with V/Line
Sarah Stringer, 14, died last Monday when she was struck by a
train as she crossed the railway track at North Shore station near
V/Line spokeswoman Dionne Lew said drivers wanted flowers that
had been placed along the railway track in memory of Sarah to be
moved to a more suitable location.
Ms Lew said the sight of the flowers traumatised drivers,
particularly those who had witnessed deaths like Sarah Stringer's
while on the job.
"Many of them have flash-backs when they see flowers on the
tracks," Ms Lew said.
Ms Lew said drivers had come to work this morning wishing to
discuss with V/Line management a more sensitive way to meet the
needs of mourning family and community members, and the needs of
"We will work together to come up with ways we can pay tribute
but also to be sensitive to the experiences that train drivers have
had," Ms Lew said.
Passengers who arrived to catch city-bound trains at stations
between Geelong and Spencer Street were diverted to buses between
5.30 and 8 this morning.
Ms Lew said V/Line apologised to customers who had been effected
by loss of services this morning, but said she hopes people would
Normal train services on the Geelong line have now resumed.
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