Truck driver pleads guilty in Humboldt Broncos bus crash
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu’s attorney said Sidhu, above, wanted to plead guilty to avoid further delay in the case.
The driver of the truck involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last April has pleaded guilty to all charges.
Jaskirat Singh Sidhu appeared in a court in Melfort, Saskatchewan, on Tuesday.
Sixteen people were killed and 13 injured when Sidhu’s semi, loaded with peat moss, and the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League team’s bus collided on a rural Saskatchewan highway.
Sidhu was charged with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 charges of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.
“I plead guilty, your honor,” Sidhu said, according to the Canadian Press.
The Crown said it might need up to five days for sentencing. The case was adjourned until Jan. 28.
Sidhu’s lawyer, Mark Brayford, said more evidence is still to be handed over to the defense, but his client wanted to plead guilty to avoid further delay.
The bus was traveling north on Highway 35 and the semi was westbound on Highway 335, which has a stop sign.
A safety review of the crossroads done by a consulting firm for the Saskatchewan government was released last month. It said sight lines are a safety concern at the spot.