Province blamed for deadly crash

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SASKATOON, Sask. — The Government of Saskatchewan is being blamed for an accident that claimed the lives of a Highways Department worker and a truck driver.

The government is accused of three violations of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, which may have contributed to the 1999 accident.

Twenty-year-old Jody Churko was killed when he was struck by a transport truck while conducting tests on Hwy. 16. The Lloydminster trucker who hit him was also killed in the incident.

Documents indicate that the government department failed to ensure his work was “completely and sufficiently supervised” and that they didn’t provide a safe system for Churko to perform work outside a vehicle on an open highway.

The province faces up to $310,000 in fines as a result of the charges.

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