RCMP says-Too early to know what happened in Broncos crash




Police say it’s too early to say what happened in a fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team and whether charges will be laid.

RCMP Assistant Commissioner Curtis Zablocki says what is certain is that a tractor-trailer was in the intersection when the truck and the team bus collided on April 6.

Zablocki said today, “All of our efforts are dedicated to determining why the tractor-trailer unit was in the intersection.”

“We know the road conditions were clear and the sun was shining at the time of the collision.”

16 people  including 10 players — were killed and another 13 people were injured. The driver of the semi-trailer was not hurt. He was taken into custody immediately after the collision and released later that evening.

“The tractor-trailer unit driver remains in regular contact with our officers,” said Zablocki. He said the driver’s level of experience, the size of his load and where he was headed will be part of the investigation.

Sukhmander Singh, the owner of the Calgary-based trucking company, said the truck driver is doing better.

“He’s feeling good now and going to the doctor,” said Singh, who added the driver is still in counselling.

Singh said he’s basically out of business after Alberta Transportation ordered Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd. to keep its only other truck off the road. The move is standard when a company has been involved in a serious accident, the province has said.

Singh said, “I’m just waiting for the investigation.”

Zablocki said there are still many unanswered questions and an investigation of such magnitude is measured in weeks or months, not days.

He said experts are looking into three areas: environmental factors such as road conditions and visibility, the mechanics of both vehicles and the role of the drivers.

The intersection was closed Thursday because a forensic collision reconstruction team was doing more tests and analysis.

Zablocki said it’s not unusual to revisit a collision scene.

“Our folks have gone back … to reposition similar or like vehicles in the area, in the intersection, and further examine potential site lines and other analytical aspects.”