A truck has smashed into the same notorious rail bridge in Melbourne that peeled off the roof off a charter bus carrying hosted buyers to AIME, the Asia-Pacific Incentives and Meetings expo, a day earlier.
The AIME bus was carrying a tour guide and 13 delegates on their way to a showcase tour.
A picture of the truck jammed under the Montague Bridge in South Melbourne was published in Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper yesterday. It looked a lot less dramatic than the crash of the AIME charter bus on Monday, which saw the driver and 10 passengers admitted to hospital after fire crews cut four people free from the wreckage. See: Bus carrying AIME hosted buyers smashes into bridge.
A report in the Herald Sun on Tuesday quoted a trauma consultant who said three of the passengers had sustained major spinal injuries. A man and a woman were reported to be in the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a stable condition.
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. Critics say authorities should excavate the road under the bridge to give more clearance; VicRoads says it’s up to drivers to watch out.
Meanwhile, the Melbourne Convention Bureau and Reed Travel Exhibitions (organisers of AIME) issued a joint statement on the crash, as follows:
The Asia-Pacific Incentives & Meetings Expo (AIME) has confirmed that the bus involved in the incident on Monday at 10.30am on Montague Street, Melbourne was carrying a tour guide and 13 delegates on their way to a showcase tour.
All on board were assessed by emergency services on site and those requiring treatment were transported to hospital. Several delegates received cuts and abrasions and were discharged from hospital in the afternoon; some remain in hospital and are receiving further medical treatment.
The primary concern of both the owners of AIME, the Melbourne Convention Bureau and the operators of AIME, Reed Travel Exhibitions is the well-being and safety of all those on board.
Organisers of the show have visited each of those delegates who remain in hospital undergoing treatment. Family and friends are with those who remain under medical care. Support and assistance is being provided wherever possible to delegates, friends and families affected by this incident.
Management teams have been in close contact with emergency services and the transport company and are assisting in ongoing enquiries.
As a close knit community of over 4,000 business event professionals, delegates attending AIME functions today were concerned about their colleagues and friends and have been provided updates by both Karen Bolinger, CEO, Melbourne Convention Bureau and Sallie Coventry, Portfolio Director, AIME throughout the day.
Written by Peter Needham