Semi-trailer driver pleads guilty in Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16

The man charged in a fatal highway crash between a semi-trailer truck and the Humboldt Broncos team bus has pleaded guilty to charges of dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu made a brief appearance Tuesday morning in provincial court in Melfort, Sask.

On April 6, 2018, Sidhu’s truck collided with the Humboldt Broncos tour bus while the team was travelling to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured in the crash.

The crash occurred at the intersection of two busy highways. The Saskatchewan government has since pledged to install rumble strips, lights, signs and road markers in the area.

The accident made international headlines, and support for the junior hockey team poured in from around the world. A GoFundMe campaign raised $15 million that was eventually divided between victims and their families.

Sukhmander Singh, owner and director of Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. and Sidhu’s employer at the time of the crash, faces eight counts of failing to comply with various safety and log-keeping regulations.

Sidhu, who was not hurt, was released on $1,000 bail in July under conditions that he not drive and that he surrender his passport.

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