The truck driver behind the Humboldt Broncos tragedy sentenced to eight years

Humboldt truck driver gets 8-year sentence

Humboldt truck driver gets 8-year sentence

The sentencing of Calgary truck driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu will take place nearly a year after 16 people died and 13 people were injured in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.

Jaskirat Sidhu, 30, pleaded guilty earlier this year to 29 counts of unsafe driving in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 more aboard the team bus that was en route to a playoff game on April 6.

Judge Inez Cardinal said Sidhu's remorse and guilty plea were mitigating factors, but she had to consider the number of people who were killed or seriously injured as a result of the crash.

Sidhu, the driver of a transport truck involved in a deadly crash with the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team's bus, pleaded guilty to all charges against him.

Sidhu's lawyers have said he is remorseful and is likely to face deportation to his home country of India after he serves any time.

"Somehow, we must stop the carnage on our highways", Cardinal said in court documents.

Cardinal started the sentencing by acknowledging it would be emotional and asked people not to talk in court.

The prosecution wanted the 30-year-old Sidhu to be sent to prison for 10 years, while his lawyers said other cases suggested a range of 1 1/2 to 4 1/2 years.

Mark Dahlgren, whose son Kaleb suffered a brain injury, said the sentence was "one more step in the process".

Sidhu said it took time for him to realize his semi-truck collided with a bus.

"This was not a momentary loss of attention".

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu has been sentenced to eight years in prison. The bus was unable to stop in time, t-boning the semi that was already in the intersection.

Brad Cross and Marilyn Cross, parents of the Humboldt Broncos assistant coach Mark Cross, walk out of the Kerry Vickar Centre after the sentencing for truck driver Jaskirat Sidhu. "Mr. Sidhu wasn't speeding but his speed was excessive".

He had been hired by a small Calgary trucking firm to drive the truck only three weeks before the accident.

She said Sidhu had many chances to stop but didn't, and said it was inconceivable he missed the intersection's many large signs, including flashing lights.

Humboldt Broncos president Jamie Brockman released a statement in response to Sidhu's sentencing.

Defence lawyer Mark Brayford had told court Sidhu was distracted by a flapping tarp on the back of his load of peat moss. He spent two weeks training with another driver before going out on a route on his own.

In a statement, the Humboldt Broncos said the team is thankful that the matter is over and that Sidhu is being held to account for his actions.

"This past year has been extremely hard", Humboldt Broncos president Jamie Brockman said in a statement.