Owner of trucking company in fatal Humboldt crash pleads guilty to charges

Mar 27 2019, 5:23 pm

The owner of the trucking company that was involved in the fatal Humboldt crash has pleaded guilty to a variety of operational safety charges.

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The company, Adesh Deol Trucking, is owned by Sukhmander Singh, who pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning in a Calgary courtroom, through his lawyer, Sadaf Raja.

Singh has been handed a $5,000 fine as a result, but his lawyer says the guilty plea was more about Singh wanting to put the past behind him and move on.

“He did not want all the media attention,” Raja told reporters outside the court building. “He’s already lost his job, he’s unable to work as a trucker so he just wanted to resolve this matter and leave it behind him.”

She noted that Singh himself isn’t guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, but “unfortunately he had employed a particular driver that was involved in this accident so although they seem like they’re tied, they’re not really directly tied.”

The truck driver responsible for causing the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash in April 2018 has been sentenced to eight years in prison.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, of Alberta was charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and 13 counts of dangerous operation of motor vehicle causing bodily injury.

The bus carrying players and coaching staff from the Saskatchewan Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team was hit by the semi-trailer on Friday, April 6.

The crash killed 16 people, including the bus driver, while 14 others were injured.

Police say there were 29 people onboard the bus, which was en route to Nipawin for a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League semifinals playoff game, when the crash took place about 30 km north of Tisdale, Saskatchewan.

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