Impaired charges dropped in Skyway-closing crash

by Today's Trucking Staff

HAMILTON, ON — A Brampton, Ontario truck driver who was involved in a collision that closed Ontario’s Burlington Skyway for four days in 2014 has been acquitted of impaired driving charges.

Sukhvinder Singh Rai registered almost triple the legal limit of alcohol that day – after his trailer’s raised dump body slammed into the bridge structure — but Judge Fred Campling ruled the test results were inadmissible because they were collected too long after the crash, local media report.

Rai has pled not guilty to five remaining charges, including dangerous driving and mischief endangering life.

The July 31 collision caused more than $1 million in damage and shut down a key link between the Greater Toronto Area and Niagara Region over a holiday weekend.

Evidence in the trial is also exploring whether Rai would have known the PTO was engaged when driving up the approach to the bridge.

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