July 11, 2018 9:10 am

Scott Thompson: Humboldt needs to know what happened

The man charged over the horrific Humboldt bus crash was granted bail today. Jaskirat Sidhu faces 29 criminal charges in connection with the crash that killed 16 people in Saskatchewan. As Ryan Kessler reports, it was an emotional day for family members.


As the world celebrates the safe return of a young Thai soccer team plucked from the depths of an underwater nightmare, we are reminded of what can happen when these incidents don’t have a happy ending.

Oddly enough, on the same day the final boys’ are saved, we are reminded of the loss of another team.

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The truck driver involved in the Humboldt Broncos hockey team bus crash made his first court appearance to face criminal charges and was released on $1,000 bail.

Just as life was beginning to get back to some sort of normalcy in the small Saskatchewan town, criminal charges and the reality of a possible trial, have brought the memories flooding back.

READ MORE: What we know about Jaskirat Sidhu, the driver charged in the Humboldt Broncos crash

Many wondered if charges would be laid in the crash. That didn’t happen until three months after the accident.

But in the end, the town needs to know what exactly happened, and most importantly, what can be done to prevent a similar tragedy.

A good start may be ensuring all drivers have adequate training, no matter what province they are operating in.

READ MORE: Alberta proposes changes to truck driving requirements after Humboldt bus crash

When we drive in congested southern Ontario, it’s hard to imagine such an accident happening on a flat intersection in the middle of nowhere.

How does this horrific collision happen when the truck and the bus seemed to be the only things around?

Questions need to be asked, questions that may never be answered.

It’s less about justice and more about understanding, acceptance and education.

Only then, can true healing begin.

Scott Thompson is the host of The Scott Thompson Show on Global News Radio 900 CHML.

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