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Aston calls on State Government to fix notorious bridge

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Moments after walking from court with his family, Ballarat man Jack Aston has called on the State Government to do something about the notorious Montague Street bridge.

After winning his appeal last week due to a miscarriage of justice over his conviction for crashing into the low-level South Melbourne bridge in February 2016, Aston was yesterday sentenced to the 306 days he had already served in prison, and a two year community corrections order. 

Speaking outside in his first moments of freedom with his family by his side, after apologising to his passengers who were on board the Gold Bus and were injured from the crash, the 56 year old called on premier Daniel Andrews to act on the bridge before it claims a life.

"If you really do care about people in Victoria, before that bridge takes a life, fix it," he said.

The Montague Street bridge has seen a number of crashes over the years, with numerous signs and bollards installed to warn approaching drivers the underpass is suitable for vehicles less than three metres high.

Meantime, Jack has spent his first night at home surrounded by his family after some ten months apart.

Image via Google Maps.