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A bus company should have known about the risks of travelling under a notoriously low bridge in South Melbourne before a crash in February last year that left a dozen people injured.
Bus company Bacchus Marsh Coaches, which also operates as Gold Buses, and two of its officers have been charged with two breaches of the Bus Safety Act.
The driver and 11 passengers were taken to hospital when the charter bus, which was 3.8 metres high, slammed into the three-metre high Montague St Bridge in South Melbourne on February 22, 2016.
Four of those suffered extensive injuries including broken bones and one spent three days in intensive care.
The maximum penalty the company could face is just over $1.4 million and $285,000 for individuals.
State regulator Transport Safety Victoria (TSV) said the accused "should have known or knew about the risk posed by low-clearance bridges and available means to eliminate or reduce this risk."
Since then, TSV said the company had taken steps to "mitigate" the risk of low-clearance bridges, but said those measures were available at the time of the crash.
The case will be heard in the Magistrates' Court in two weeks.
The Montague St Bridge is notorious for flooding in heavy rain and for being frequently struck.
In May last year Vicroads installed new gantries with hanging paddles that would hit the top of the vehicle before it hit the bridge.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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