Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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Mounties say a transport truck driver is facing 29 criminal charges in the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crash that left 16 dead.

Twenty-nine-year-old Jaskirat Singh Sidhu (JASS'-kihr-eet SING' sih-DOO') is accused of dangerous driving causing death as well as causing bodily injury in the April 6th crash.

Ten of the those killed were players with the junior hockey team, while 13 others were injured.

R-C-M-P say Sidhu was arrested this morning and was being held in custody pending a court appearance in Saskatchewan next week.

Each of the 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison while the 13 of causing bodily harm could garner 10 years each. (The Canadian Press)



A man whose son was paralyzed from the chest down in the Humboldt Broncos team bus crash says he's relieved that charges have been laid.

Tom Straschnitzki says he and his wife, Michelle, haven't thought much about charges in the three months since the crash, which severely injured their son Ryan.

But he says now they want to see what the courts will do and hope they can find out exactly what happened and why.

The Humboldt Broncos released a statement today saying the organization has faith in the justice system and will be watching as the court process unfolds. (The Canadian Press)


(Stampede-Parade) (Alta, Sask Note)

Emergency workers who responded to the Humboldt Broncos bus crash were given a special place of honour as the Calgary Stampede kicked off today with its traditional parade.

Paramedics, police and firefighters from the area where the junior hockey team's bus and a semi-truck collided in April -- killing 16 -- were invited to march.

Nipawin, Saskatchewan fire Chief Brian Starkell called it a tremendous honour, saying he's been treated like royalty.

Cowboy hats, horses and marching bands also turned out in abundance for the parade, which marks the beginning of the annual 10-day celebration. …

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