Tram driver stood down after allegedly drink-driving, hitting pedestrians

A Yarra Trams driver has been stood down after he allegedly hit two pedestrians on Friday night, and blew a low-range blood alcohol reading of 0.07.

Police were called to the intersection of Victoria Street and Hoddle Street in Richmond about 6.10pm on Friday, where they found a 20-year-old woman and a 17-year-old boy had been struck by a tram.

Both were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries and the driver of the tram, a 52-year-old man from Balwyn, allegedly returned a blood alcohol reading of 0.07.

No tram passengers were injured.

Police said they expected the man would be charged on summons for rail safety offences, and Yarra Trams confirmed the driver was stood down pending investigations about the incident.

Yarra Trams chief executive Julien Dehornoy said on Saturday that “any injury on our network is one too many and our thoughts are with everyone involved”.

“Safety is our number one priority and we are treating this very seriously,” he said.

“We are working very closely with Victoria Police and the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to support them with their investigations.”

Mr Dehornoy said all tram drivers had to be free from drugs and alcohol at work, and they were subject to a strict drug and alcohol management policy which included frequent random testing.

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