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A TRAIN driver has been charged over the tragic death of a teen killed when he fell in the gap between a station platform and a moving train.
Mitchell Callaghan, 18, slipped onto the tracks while boarding at Heyington station in Toorak on February 22 last year.
The Glen Iris man’s death sparked a train safety campaign and a call to government for action, with thousands signing a petition urging authorities to fix the gap at the station.
The arrest of the driver of the train has shocked the transport industry.
Police confirmed on Thursday they had charged a 40-year-old Narre Warren man with conduct endangering life and conduct endangering a person.
Industry sources told the Herald Sun the experienced driver had been “heartbroken” after the incident and drivers were devastated to hear of the arrest.
Union officials have vowed to stand by the driver.
Mr Callaghan died shortly before midnight while travelling to the city during Melbourne’s White Night festival.
He had been attempting to board the train to Flinders Street Station at about 11.55pm.
Police said in the days following the death that there had been no suspicious circumstances.
Victoria Police, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau and Metro were unable to comment as the investigation was ongoing and due before the courts.
Transport authorities were due to conclude their investigation into the death next month.
Rail, Tram and Bus Union secretary Luba Grigorovitch said the union was helping the driver.
“He’s a member of the Rail, Tram and Bus Union and we will be assisting him and standing by his side,” Ms Grigorovitch said.
The driver will face Melbourne Magistrate’s Court on March 11.
This article first appeared on www.heraldsun.com.au
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