So much is unknown about Monty, Melbourne’s vile and loathsome Montague St Bridge. Erstwhile we have seen naught but wanton carnage from a beast whose hunger knows no limit. But perhaps that has been the mere tip of the iceberg; phase one in a much deeper and more layered plan. And its one that may be blossoming before our very eyes today. Not content to simply sit and wait for an errant truck to enter its mighty maw, Monty’s influence is now spreading to nearby bridges. And thanks to one such incident today, we may be seeing the first evidence of his grand plan: To force trucks into other bridges so as to create a funnel leading directly to him. Monty, it seems, has learned to hunt.
Just before 11am this morning, a truck slammed into the City Road light rail underpass in South Melbourne; a rail bridge that, crucially, lies just 700 metres from the site of the Montague St Bridge.
Photos from the scene show a semi-trailer just about sheathed in twain after ramming into the low bridge, which blocked off traffic for several hours afterwards.
A truck has smashed into the City Road Bridge in South Melbourne this morning.
Eastbound and westbound roads were closed for a number of hours but are now back open.
— 9News Melbourne (@9NewsMelb) November 24, 2020
A stuck truck has caused major headaches after hitting a City Road overpass in South Melbourne. The crash did significant damage to the truck, but the driver wasn't injured. https://t.co/n3koLp3WwG #7NEWS pic.twitter.com/cQDl0PGSBN
— 7NEWS Melbourne (@7NewsMelbourne) November 24, 2020
Another day, another brainless driver under a bridge. This time it's Railway Place & City Road, South Melbourne 3206 pic.twitter.com/bvRpVkGlpJ
— Peak Hour Images (@PeakHourImages) November 23, 2020
HAHAHAHAHA THIS IS MY CRACK pic.twitter.com/o9J1QSfuS7
— claire (@cloxic) November 23, 2020
But the real wrinkle in the tale, and what might be a terrifying glimpse into Monty’s expansive playbook, came shortly afterwards.
VicTraffic officials attending the scene were forced to issue warnings to motorists in the area, encouraging them not only to avoid the scene, but to use Montague St instead.
City Road, South Melbourne is closed inbound between Montague Street and Ferrars Street to clear a truck that has struck the rail overpass. Police are directing traffic. Use Montague Street or York Street around the closure. Allow extra time through the area. #victraffic pic.twitter.com/7PhKhj5xgN
— VicTraffic (@VicTraffic) November 23, 2020
Perhaps now we are only beginning to understand and appreciate the whole of Monty. A bridge whose might is not just physical, but cerebral as well.
What manner of beast can forge a path of destruction so vile and bloody, yet so deftly herd fresh victims t’wards its cursed mouth.
Though evidence is thin that this was naught but a cunning trap, Victorian officials refuse to speak to the contrary. And the bridge itself has issued a cunning deflection as an official response.
Just for the record… pic.twitter.com/FjNZVtRuS0
— Montague St Bridge (@MontagueStBridg) November 24, 2020
That is exactly the kind of thing the bridge would say if it was, indeed, responsible.
If, perchance, Monty is only now beginning to play her full, and many-feathered, hand, then it is a dark, dark day indeed for all Melburnains.
The bridge is evolving its patterns of attack at alarming speeds. If we do not raise our defences to match? Doom. Doom for all.