RCMP Say It’s Too Early To Know What Happened In Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash

Desibuzzbc-Banner-Metrics-FinalPolice Still To Determine Why The Tractor-Trailer Truck Owned By Calgary-Based Indo-Canadian Company Was At The Intersection Of The Deadly Crash That Killed 16 People!

Indo-trucking company-Humboldt Broncos3Police said it's too early to know what happened in a fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and whether charges will be laid against the Calgary-based Indo-Canadian owned trailer-truck company. Sukhmander Singh, the owner of the Calgary-based trucking company, said the truck driver is doing better. Singh said he's basically out of business after Alberta Transportation ordered Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. to keep its only other truck off the road. The move is standard when a company has been involved in a serious accident, the province has said. "I'm just waiting for the investigation," said Singh.

REGINA — RCMP provided an update Thursday on the status of their investigation into the deadly crash involving the Humboldt Broncos bus that claimed the lives of 16 people including 10 young players and injured many others.

Police said it's too early to know what happened in a fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and whether charges will be laid against the Calgary-based Indo-Canadian owned trailer-truck company.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said what is certain is that a tractor-trailer was in the intersection when the truck and the team bus collided on April 6, reported CTV news.

Indo-trucking company-Humboldt Broncos2"All of our efforts are dedicated to determining why the tractor-trailer unit was in the intersection," Zablocki said Thursday.

"We know the road conditions were clear and the sun was shining at the time of the collision."

Sixteen people — including 10 players — were killed and another 13 people were injured. The driver of the semi-trailer was not hurt. He was taken into custody immediately after the collision and released later that evening.

"The tractor-trailer unit driver remains in regular contact with our officers," said Zablocki. He said the driver's level of experience, the size of his load and where he was headed will be part of the investigation.

Sukhmander Singh, the owner of the Calgary-based trucking company, said the truck driver is doing better.

"He's feeling good now and going to the doctor," said Singh, who added the driver is still in counselling.

Singh said he's basically out of business after Alberta Transportation ordered Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. to keep its only other truck off the road. The move is standard when a company has been involved in a serious accident, the province has said.

"I'm just waiting for the investigation," said Singh.

Indo-trucking company-Humboldt Broncos5Zablocki said there are still many unanswered questions and an investigation of such magnitude is measured in weeks or months, not days.

He said experts are looking into three areas: environmental factors such as road conditions and visibility, the mechanics of both vehicles and the role of the drivers.

The intersection was closed Thursday because a forensic collision reconstruction team was doing more tests and analysis.

The Alberta Transportation ministry will assist the Government of Saskatchewan in the investigation into the crash and will conduct its own investigation into the company, Alberta Ministry of Transport press secretary John Archer explained.

AD-STERNBERG_link_ad_2_2_earlug-001Archer initially said the company had been inspected as recently as February, when it passed inspection in the Northwest Territories. An Alberta government spokesperson later corrected the number of inspections undergone by Adesh Deol Trucking to say it had only one in the Northwest Territories in February. Alberta Transportation communications director Graeme McElheran said Thursday that inspection resulted in an hours-of-service infraction.

A suspension for the company means the company’s entire fleet is grounded, regardless of where the trucks are. Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. had two trucks in operation before the crash.

Doug Wakabayashi, spokesperson for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure, said he’s not aware of a suspension involving Charlie’s Charters, the company that owned the hockey team’s bus.

He said the RCMP will be leading the investigation and the ministry’s commercial vehicle enforcement branch will be providing technical assistance.

Meanwhile more than $15 million has been raised for the victims of the tragedy through a Go-Fund-Me campaign and the fate of those funds will be decided by a committee set up the Hockey team.

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