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Humboldt Broncos truck driver to spend eight years in jail

March 22, 2019

The truck driver who caused the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash was sentenced to eight years in prison today.

Jaskirat Singh Sidhu listened to the sentence read out by the judge at a court in Melfort Saskatchewan.

It has been almost a year since Sidhu failed to stop at an intersection killing 16 people and injuring 13 others.

He pleaded guilty to 29 charges of dangerous driving. Sidhu said he took full responsibility for what happened. He says the accident occured because of his lack of experience behind the wheel.

An immigration lawyer in Toronto says Sidhu will likely be deported back to India after he serves his sentence. Lorne Waldman says permanent residents like Sidhu cannot stay in the country if they commit a crime for which their jail sentence is more than six months.