The truck involved in a Saskatchewan crash that killed 16 people and injured 13 more belonged to Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. Formed in September 2017, with no violations and two inspections, the company’s safety certificate has been suspended following the tragic accident.
According to reports, the company does have one Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance inspection defect from the Northwest Territories for violating the federal hours of service regulation.
The company operates two trucks.
Sukhmander Singh, who owns the trucking company, said he travelled to Saskatoon to pick the driver up after the crash and return him to his home in Calgary.
The driver is about 30 years old and was not injured in the crash, but Singh said it has taken a heavy emotional toll on him.
The driver was detained by police for a short time in the immediate aftermath of the crash, then released and received psychological support.
The company’s owner, Sukhmander Singh said it has been a few days since he spoke to his employee and had no updates on his condition, adding the driver has taken advantage of counselling services.
Like many other people connected to the crash, Singh said he didn’t immediately know who had survived, fearing his driver dead. When he learned his employee was alive, Singh said he drove to Saskatoon to bring him to Calgary.
Meanwhile in an open letter to the semi driver shared more than 139,000 times online, an Ottawa woman says she hopes the driver will “be able to heal” as families, victims and the rest of the country does the same.
RCMP in Saskatchewan said the bus was carrying 29 people as the team was on the way to play the Nipawin Hawks when it collided with a transport trailer near the intersection of Highway 335 and Highway 35.
Collision experts have said it could be months before investigators determine what caused the crash.
Meanwhile truckers across Canada are re-thinking their actions on the road and some are said to be highly traumatized because it reminds them of their own close calls over the years. – CINEWS