An Indian truck driver in Canada was sentenced to eight-year in prison on Friday for his role in the Humboldt Broncos bus accident that took place a year ago.
In January, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu pleaded guilty to 29 counts of dangerous driving causing death or bodily injury, news agency PTI reported quoting The Washington Post.
In April 2018, 16 people were killed and 13 others injured after Sidhu’s semi-trailer truck failed to stop at a highway intersection and hit the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team and others en route to a playoff game. Sidhu was working for a Calgary-based trucking company at the time of the incident.
The judge of a Melfort court, Inez Cardinal, who pronounced the verdict called the mistake made by Sindhu “baffling and incomprehensible”. She further said that collision was avoidable and that Sidhu was solely responsible for the crash as evidenced by the forensic accident report.
She also noted that Sidhu had a clear view of the scene and nothing had blocked his view. Cardinal further said that had Sidhu taken note of the approaching intersection and bus, the mishap would have averted.
Sidhu was given eight-year concurrent jail terms for each casualty and five-year sentences to run concurrently on the dangerous driving causing bodily harm charges.
During the hearing of the case, the prosecutor had argued for a 10-year sentence followed by a 10-year driving ban.
Sidhu will be deported after serving the sentence as he is a permanent resident and not a Candian citizen.