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Tram driver in trouble over derailment causing Ascot Vale traffic chaos

A tram derailment in Ascot Vale is expected to cause traffic delays throughout the morning peak.

The tram came careered of its tracks while coming around the bend on Maribyrnong Road onto Ascot Vale Road about 12.20am.

It took out a traffic light pole, mounted the curb and came to rest on the footpath.

No passengers were aboard.

The driver, 49, wasn’t injured but police say he will be charged with careless driving.

Click PLAY to hear 3AW reporter Pat Mitchell cross from the scene to Ross and John

Heavy haulage crews have managed to pull the tram back onto the middle of the road, from where it will then be towed to the depot.

Ascot Vale Road is expected to remain closed between Maribyrnong Road and Mt Alexander road until midday.