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Truck driver in crash of hockey team’s bus pleads guilty

Truck driver in crash of hockey team’s bus pleads guilty

The driver of a truck involved in a fatal crash with a bus carrying a Canadian junior hockey team on Tuesday pleaded guilty to 29 counts of risky driving causing death or bodily harm.

Jaskirat Sidhu is being charged with unsafe driving causing death and risky driving causing bodily harm.

Sidhu's case has been adjourned until January 28 for sentencing.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu entered the pleas during a court appearance in Melfort, Saskatchewan Tuesday morning, according to the Canadian Press.

On April 6, 2018 his truck collided with the team's tour bus while it was travelling to Nipawin, Saskatchewan for a playoff game.

The maximum sentence for risky driving causing death is 14 years, and 10 years for unsafe driving causing injury. I've got to spend the rest of my life with it. The report of the review suggested having the trees removed and posting more and larger stop signs to warn drivers of the intersection earlier.

Since 1990, six collisions had taken place at the same intersection and another 14 happened on roads nearby.

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Saskatchewan officials apologize for mixing up the identities of one of the dead and one of the survivors. Sixteen people - including 10 players and the team's head coach- were killed and another 13 players were injured.

December 3, 2018: The Saskatchewan government announces it will make training mandatory for semi-truck drivers starting in March. Starting in March, drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence are to undergo at least 121.5 hours of training. "The rest of the sentence doesn't matter to me, it's not going to bring Evan back".

October 10, 2018: The Alberta government announces charges against the Calgary trucking company that hired Sidhu.

The owner of the trucking company Sidhu worked for, Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd., is facing eight charges relating to non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations.

The Humbodlt Broncos organization also released a statement expressing relief that there will be no need for a trial in the case and thanking Sidhu for taking responsibility for his actions by pleading guilty.

It has also led some families of Broncos players, including the Straschnitzkis, to advocate for regulatory changes, including mandatory seat belts in buses.