The family of a brother and sister struck by a Melbourne tram is demanding all tram drivers be breath tested before a shift.
Year 12 student Aymen, 17, and his 20-year-old sister Acqua were crossing at the intersection of Victoria Street and Hoddle Street in Richmond on Friday night when they were struck by a tram, leaving them badly injured.
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The Yarra Trams driver allegedly blew 0.07 when tested by police after the accident.
Five days after being struck by a tram, the pair are still recovering in hospital.
Aymen has deep bruises and needs plastic surgery.
Acqua has two broken ankles with metal rods and screws that will remain in her foot for the rest of her life.
“My kids didn’t deserve that accident and it was preventable,” their mother, Jacky, said.
Their sister told reporters the tram driver’s alleged “little drink” before work has “really changed our family’s life forever”.
“I was furious,” she said.
“I just think we’ve heard enough campaigning about drink driving with vehicles.
“I think the fact that we now have to tell tram drivers to be sober before their shift, it’s just quite upsetting.”
Jacky says the crash should never have happened, and is now calling on Yarra Trams to have their drivers tested before every shift.
“It could be anyone, it could be your children, it could be your family members,” she said.
“[Aymen and Acqua] are just in shock and I don’t know how we’re going to go back to normal life now,” she told 7NEWS.
The tram driver has been stood down as Yarra Trams continues to investigate.
“One injury is one too many,” Yarra Trams CEO Julien Dehornoy told 7NEWS.
“This is why we have a very strict drug and alcohol policy.
“Zero is the only acceptable number and this is non-negotiable.”
Police expect to charge the Balwyn man with rail-related offences.