Semi driver facing 29 charges in Broncos bus crash

By The Canadian Press and Lara Fominoff @LaraFominoff on Twitter
July 6, 2018 - 11:37am Updated: July 6, 2018 - 2:39pm

REGINA, SASK. --  Three months to the day after the crash, the driver of a transport truck that collided with a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team is facing criminal charges.

RCMP say 29-year old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, who was not injured in the collision, was arrested Friday (July 6) morning at his Calgary home and is in police custody.

He faces 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily injury.

He is to appear in provincial court in Saskatchewan next week.

RCMP Superintendent Derek Williams says the investigation took three months not only because it was a mass casualty event, but also because 100 officers worked on the case exhaustively.

"In addition to the collision reinactment we did in April, we conducted over 60 interviews, have taken over 6000 photographs, analyzed all of the documentation available to us including the driver log book. We've also used 3-D technology to capture evidence through unmanned aerial vehicles."

He adds that they looked at the speed of the vehicles, point of impact, position of the vehicles, impairment, road and weather conditions and witness evidence.

RCMP will not release any details of the investigation, or what they believe happened, in order to protect the judicial process. Williams also says their criminal investigation is solely focused on the accused, and not on the company Sidhu worked for. 

The penalty for dangerous driving causing death carries maximum sentence of 14 years for each count, while dangerous driving causing bodily harm carries a maximum sentence of 10 years for each count as well. 

The Broncos were on their way to a playoff game when the truck and the bus crashed at a rural Saskatchewan intersection on April 6.

Sixteen people, including 10 players, died as a result of the crash, and 13 players were injured.  One of those killed was Lethbridge`s Logan Boulet.
 

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