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Indian-origin man charged for Canada bus crash that killed 16 people

A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team crashed into a truck, killing 16 and injuring over a dozen more on April 6.

world Updated: Jul 08, 2018 08:51 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Toronto
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Emergency personnel work at the scene of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Saskatchewan, Canada on April 7. (AP File Photo)

A 29-year-old Indo-Canadian truck driver, Jaskirat Sidhu, has been arrested and charged in one of the most widely covered news events in Canada this year.

Sixteen members of a youth ice hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, had died and 13 others were injured when their bus collided with a truck driven by Sidhu on April 6. The accident set off days of nationwide mourning, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attending the memorial service for the dead.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said investigators from its Major Crime Unit arrested Sidhu from his home in Calgary in the western province of Alberta. The apprehension was “without incident”.

He has been charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm. “These are serious criminal code charges. In order to lay these charges we required evidence of a motor vehicle being operated in a manner that is dangerous to the public,” the RCMP statement noted.

First Published: Jul 08, 2018 08:51 IST