Saskatchewan RCMP have arrested and laid charges against 29-year-old Jaskirat Sidhu – the truck driver who was involved in the fatal Humboldt bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 others on April 6th, 2018.
Sidhu is charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, for which he could receive upwards of 14 years of jail time if convicted; and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily injure, for which he could receive upwards of 10 years in jail if convicted.
He was operating a truck for Calgary-based Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. at the time of the accident, and after extensive investigation, RCMP have determined that the vehicle was “being operated in a manner that is dangerous to the public”.
During a press conference, Saskatchewan RCMP explained that a thorough investigation was being conducted during the three months since the accident.
In addition to collision re-enactment, officers have conducted over 60 interviews, taken over 6,000 photos, analyzed all documentation available to them including the driver logbook, and used 3D technology to capture evidence through unmanned aerial vehicles.
Investigators are unable to release more information about the case, as it is now being tried in a court of law.
Sidhu is currently in custody and expected to appear in court next week. He was arrested on July 6th and the families of the victims were informed of the developments earlier this morning.
The Humboldt Broncos team was headed to Nipawin, Sask. for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League semifinals playoff game when the crash occurred.