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Humboldt Crash Arrest

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The semi-trailer truck involved in the Humboldt Broncos team bus crash was travelling at nearly 100 km/h at the moment of impact, and the semi's driver isn't thought to have been distracted, according to a document obtained by CBC News.

The document has not yet been presented to the court.

"No tire skid marks due to braking were left by the semi-tractor unit," reads a statement of facts agreed to by the Crown and defence in the court case of semi driver Jaskirat Singh Sidhu.

It says Sidhu simply "failed to recognize that his vehicle was approaching an intersection and did not heed the stop sign."

In Melfort, Sask., provincial court Tuesday morning, Sidhu pleaded guilty to 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

On April 6, 2018, the truck Sidhu was driving collided with the Humboldt Broncos' tour bus while the team was travelling to a playoff game in Nipawin, Sask. Sixteen people died and 13 were injured in the crash.

Stop sign 1.2 metres wide

CBC News obtained the five-page statement, based largely on the RCMP "Forensic Collision Reconstruction Report" following the brief but emotional hearing.

It states Sidhu drove into the intersection at a speed of 86 to 96 km/h. This was despite a 1.2-metre-wide (four feet) stop sign with a red flashing light on top, as well as clearly marked highway signs warning of an intersection from approximately 400 metres, 300 metres, 200 metres and 100 metres away.

As Sidhu approached the intersection on Highway 335, the driver of the Broncos bus travelling down the larger Highway 35 recognized the danger, according to the statement.

The bus driver applied the brakes and skidded for 24 metres before the collision, it stated.

"The driver of the bus did not contribute to the collision," it stated. "The actions of Mr. Sidhu while operating the semi-tractor unit caused the collision."

The bus "T-boned" the semi, sending it into the ditch.

Alcohol, drugs, cellphone not factors

According to the statement, there were no environmental factors causing the crash such as sun glare or weather conditions. The nearby trees did not obstruct the view and were "inconsequential," it stated.

The document notes alcohol and drugs were not a factor. Sidhu was also not distracted by cellphone use.

"He didn't set out that day to do this,"

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I love the way the press spins thins.

The truck was going 100Km/h at the time of the accident.  Ok true.  but relative speed to the oncoming bus was whatever speed the bus was going since it was the bus that impacted the truck from the side.  The speed of the truck has little relavence to the outcome.  The fact he didnt stop was the big factor.

The guilty plea on all counts is a good thing to get closure for the community.  A trial would have prolonged the suffering of those affected. It will be interesting to see what the sentencing brings.


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