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A TRAM driver who crashed through a bus shelter and hit a fire hydrant before landing on the footpath in Melbourne’s inner-northwest overnight has told police he fell asleep.
The 49-year-old nodded off as his tram quickly approached an intersection on Maribyrnong Road at Ascot Vale and derailed about 12.20am.
“Unfortunately, the tram driver has admitted to falling asleep at the wheel of the tram,” Sergeant Jason Doyle said.
“He’s obviously approached (the intersection) at a speed that’s not able to handle the track.”
It was unclear if the driver would be charged with careless driving, police said.
“People often use it (falling asleep) as a defence but it’s not a blanket defence, but if they fall asleep it makes it difficult,” Sgt Doyle said of the potential to lay charges.
The driver has been stood down as Yarra Trams conduct a separate investigation.
He was the only person on board and wasn’t injured, but the accident caused major traffic delays for peak-hour commuters.
A tram has smashed into a fire hydrant and a bus shelter after derailing on the corner off Maribyrnong Rd and Ascot Vale Rd. Picture: Nicole Garmston
Workers clean up the scene where a tram derailed and crashed. Picture: Nicole Garmston
The tram is towed pulled back onto the tracks. Picture: Nicole Garmston
The tram is pulled back to the tracks. Picture: Nicole GarmstonA massive tow truck was sent to re-rail the tram at 6am, which was eventually towed to Essendon depot about 7.30am.Ascot Vale Road reopened a short time later.
“The take-home message is no matter what you’re driving, don’t drive tired,” Sgt Doyle said.
The tram crashed into the fire hydrant and bus shelter at the intersection of Ascot Vale Rd and Maribyrnong Rd.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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