Final Report


What happened

At about 2355 on 22 February 2014, an 18 year old male was fatally injured at Heyington Railway Station in Toorak, Victoria when he fell between a moving train and the platform. He was running alongside the moving train when he fell attempting to board it, while passengers inside the train were forcibly holding the carriage doors open.

What the ATSB found

The train was equipped with a traction interlocking device to prevent the train from moving while its carriage doors were open. The device, as designed, deactivated after a period of time and allowed the train to depart with the doors held open.

Due to the curvature of the track, a wide gap existed between the mid-body of the carriage and the platform.

What's been done as a result

Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM) has commenced a risk review of the door open traction interlock timing on their rolling stock.

In order to minimise the gap between the train and platform, MTM has realigned the track at Heyington railway station and a rubber finger coping has been installed along the entire edge of the platform face. Further, a barrier has been constructed at the platform entrance to deter passengers from running for the train.

MTM has also completed a survey of all the stations with curved track and platforms of higher risk have been identified. In the short term these platforms have had ‘Mind the Gap’ signs painted on them. Announcements are also made to warn passengers of the gap. Works plans have been developed to institute further risk measures in the long term.

Safety message

Rail operators should ensure that safety systems fitted to passenger trains are designed and operate to ensure the safety of patrons in the event of interference with the normal operation of train doors.

The occurrence


Safety analysis


Safety issues and actions

Sources and submissions