STA releases statement on Humboldt tragedy

by Truck West

REGINA, Sask. – The Saskatchewan Trucking Association (STA) has released a statement to Truck West on the tragic collision involving a tractor-trailer and the bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team.

The collision, which happened on the afternoon of April 6 near Nipawin, Sask., at the Armley Corner intersection, occurred when a tractor-trailer traveling west on Hwy 335 and the bus heading north on Hwy 35 collided. The tractor-trailer would have approached a stop sign at the intersection.

Fifteen people were killed and several others injured.

“Our board, our members – we are all part of small-town Saskatchewan. Our children play hockey, they travel these highways, this has struck home for each and every one of us,” said STA board chairman Reg Quiring. “Now is the time to focus on the courage and dedication of the first responders, hospital workers, and volunteer rescue personnel who worked quickly and professionally to respond to this horrible tragedy with great skill and respect for life. These people are Saskatchewan’s heroes.”

The local RCMP say it is too early in the investigation to comment on the cause of the collision or if any charges will be laid.

The STA said it does not have any information regarding the collision in addition to what police have shared with the public, and out of respect for all involved, will not comment or speculate on the situation.

“It is of utmost importance that at this time, law enforcement professionals are given the time and the space to do their work and determine the cause of the collision,” the STA said in its statement.

“The Saskatchewan Trucking Association Group of Companies’ board of directors, staff and membership send their sincerest condolences to the victims, families, and friends of those whose lives were lost in the collision near the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 in Saskatchewan this past Friday.”

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  • Despite the RCMP not officially laying blame yet on any party involved in the accident at the jct. of Hwy 35 and 335 which claimed the lives of fifteen people, you’ve managed to taint any neutrality you may have had by printing that “a tractor trailer failed to come to a stop…”. Let the investigation play out and as a trucking association, a hint of printed support for the grieving truck driver and his family would be appreciated by the thousands of men and woman who call this their profession.

  • You already made a statement by saying tractor trailer failed to do a stop it is not define yet why blaming the driver???
    It is bad enough it happened.
    Ex; tractor trailer failed to come to a stop. Not proven yet.

  • Hi-sorry for the fatalities and families, the provincial government should take responsibility for this accident, as “driver training programs” across Canada have minimally upgraded during the past 40 years. This 3rd. world driver was not obviously skilled in Professional Driving, which is very common in our “politically correct” society as we accomodate with fear of being classes racist.