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Metro Trains charged over Vic teen's death

AAP logoAAP 11/01/2017 Kaitlyn Offer

Rail operator Metro Trains has been charged over the death of a teenager at a Melbourne train platform in 2014.

Mitchell Callaghan, 18, was killed in February 2014 when he fell in the gap between a platform and a departing train at Heyington station in Toorak.

Mr Callaghan was attempting to board the train as other passengers held the door open when he fell.

Transport Safety Victoria says it has charged Metro with two safety breaches.

One charge relates to failing to ensure the safety of its rail infrastructure over the gap between the platform and train.

The second charge is failing to ensure the safety of its rolling stock operations in relation to the installing of locking devices to prevent trains from moving when doors are open.

Both charges have a maximum penalty of $1.4 million.

Transport Safety director David Hourigan says the charges come after a "long and thorough investigation".

"I am satisfied that taking court action in this case is in the public interest," Mr Hourigan said in a statement on Wednesday.

In a statement, Metro said it was "deeply saddended" by Mr Callaghan's death and it would "fully comply" with the legal action.

"Every incident is treated with the utmost concern. However, given that the matter is now before the courts, we cannot comment further," spokeswoman Sammie Black said.

"We will fully comply with any legal proceedings."

A date is yet to be set for a filing hearing in a magistrates' court.

A train driver was originally charged over Mr Callaghan's death, but the matter was later discontinued by a magistrate.

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