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Charges laid in deadly Humboldt Broncos team bus crash: RCMP

Charges laid in deadly Humboldt Broncos team bus crash: RCMP

Canadian police say someone has been arrested and charged in connection with an April bus crash involving a junior hockey team.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the driver of the semi, faces 29 criminal charges. "Our investigation was focused on the driver in this case and that is who we've charged".

Sidhu was arrested without incident on July 6 at his home in Calgary.

Sukhmander Singh, owner of Calgary-based Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd., said he was basically out of business after the crash because Alberta Transportation ordered his company to keep its only other truck off the road.

Sixteen team members, including 10 players, died in the crash on a Saskatchewan highway on April 6th, while thirteen others were hurt. The RCMP said the semi was in the intersection when the vehicles collided.

He's been remanded into RCMP custody and will make his first appearance in Saskatchewan provincial court next week. Now that the charges have been laid we move to the next step in the process.

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The truck driver had been initially detained after the crash but he was later released and provided with mental health assistance.

The RCMP says via its Facebook page that a press conference will be held at 3pm Eastern time with more details.

"I know it's been hard for many to await the outcome of this police investigation", said Saskatchewan RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki.

Among the victims was Parker Tobin, a 18-year-old player whose mother and father are both from Newfoundland.

Tom Straschnitzki, whose son Ryan was paralyzed from the chest down, said he was relieved charges were laid. "We have to, I think, put our faith in the justice system to get to the bottom of this", Muench said.


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