The notorious Melbourne low bridge that rose to national infamy when a charter bus carrying hosted buyers attending the Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings expo (AIME) smashed into it in February is still a long way from being made safe.
The Montague Bridge even has its own website and Instagram page.
The pages detail the frequent smashes of various vehicles into the bridge. The website is called, simply, How many days since Montague Bridge has been hit?
There’s also an Instagram page showing various accidents at the bridge: https://www.instagram.com/themontylimbo/
The smash during AIME crushed in the whole front and roof of the bus, trapping four passengers and injuring 11 others. CCTV footage captured the moment of impact:
Firefighters took nearly an hour to free four people trapped on the bus, cutting them from the wreckage, and AIME delegates were given frequent updates on the progress of those affected. See: Bus carrying AIME hosted buyers smashes into bridge
The bridge has been the site of accidents, most involving trucks, at the rate of about one a month for at least the past five years.
VicRoads, which pledged in February to install new gantries by the end of March to make the bridge safer, has now pushed the deadline back to the end of May, the Age has reported.
The bridge is just three metres high. A lot of people in Melbourne will be very happy when the problem is fixed.
Written by Peter Needham