Canadian police charge truck driver in hockey team bus crash

TORONTO (Reuters) - Canadian police on Friday filed charges against a truck driver whose semi-trailer rig collided with a bus carrying a junior hockey team in April and killed 16 people in one of the worst disasters to strike the country's sporting community.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, 29, was charged with 16 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, and 13 counts of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing injury, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) said at a news conference.

Police said Sidhu was arrested on Friday at his home in Calgary and remained in custody. He was set to appear in court next week.

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People look at photos of the victims during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners embrace each other during a moment of prayer at a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ - APRIL 07: The Arizona Coyotes and the Anaheim Ducks observe a moment of silence in honor of the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team prior to a game at Gila River Arena on April 7, 2018 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images)
A man wears a Humboldt Broncos shirt during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A woman wipes tears from her eyes during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners embrace each other during a moment of prayer at a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A musician plays as mourners gather during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
People leave a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
People lay flowers during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners comfort each other during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
A young man wipes away tears during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Mourners attend a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Flowers lie at centre ice as people gather for a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
Pastor Sean Brandow speaks during a vigil at the Elgar Petersen Arena, home of the Humboldt Broncos, to honour the victims of a fatal bus accident, April 8, 2018 in Humboldt, Canada. Mourners in the tiny Canadian town of Humboldt, still struggling to make sense of a devastating tragedy, prepared Sunday for a prayer vigil to honor the victims of the truck-bus crash that killed 15 of their own and shook North American ice hockey. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JONATHAN HAYWARD (Photo credit should read JONATHAN HAYWARD/AFP/Getty Images)
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"I know it's been difficult for many to await the outcome of this police investigation. The time it took to do this work, this important work, was necessary," RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki said.

Local media reported the truck had a stop sign at the intersection where it collided with the bus.

 

The Humboldt Broncos hockey team was on its way to a playoff game at the time of the crash, which killed players, staff, a radio announcer and the bus driver. Sidhu was not injured, the RCMP said at the time.

The victims were mourned in Humboldt, a farming town of 6,000, and across Canada, where junior hockey teams are a fixture of many rural communities.

Dangerous driving causing death carries a sentence of up to 14 years in Canada.

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