An elderly truck driver accused of being asleep at the wheel when he crashed through a boom gate and into a train in Dandenong South, killing a passenger, has appeared briefly in court.

Melville John Bollen, 70, appeared in the Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday facing 44 charges over the crash at the Abbotts Road crossing on November 3 last year.

David Cron, 43, a passenger on the Cranbourne-bound train which had three of its six carriages derailed, was killed in the crash. Fourteen other people, including the train driver, were injured.

The court was told on Friday that a one-day committal hearing on the charges would be held on February 24.

Magistrate Simon Garnett said five witnesses would be called to give evidence at the hearing.

Mr Bollen's bail was extended until February 24.

An earlier court hearing was told Mr Bollen had been driving the truck when he fell asleep and crashed through a boom gate at a level crossing and hit the train.

Mr Bollen, of Narre Warren North, faces charges including single counts of culpable driving and dangerous driving causing death, four counts of dangerous driving causing serious injury, failing to stop at a railway crossing, driving an unsafe and unroadworthy vehicle, and four counts of failing to get adequate rest in a 24-hour period.

Train operator Metro is also taking civil action against Mr Bollen in the Supreme Court, claiming it incurred considerable losses over damaged carriages and infrastructure.