As one of Canada’s most closely followed truck-crash trials drew nearly to a close during the last week of January, we finally learned what happened at a cold crossroads near Tisdale, Saskatchewan, last April. Sixteen lives were snuffed out, 13 people were badly injured, and the expected arc of dozens of families was irrevocably knocked off kilter by a truck careening through a stop sign and being struck by a bus.

During that hearing, it was revealed that Sidhu was neither impaired by drugs or alcohol nor distracted by a cell phone or some other device in the cab.

Published reports indicate Sidhu was stressing over the billowing tarps on his load of peat moss bales and was concerned they posed a hazard to drivers in oncoming traffic. So focused was he on that hazard that he failed to notice several warning signs and an oversized, lighted stop sign as he approached the intersection.

Then, speaking on Jan. 31, the final day of his sentencing hearing after listening to nearly 100 victim impact statements over the preceding four days, Sidhu himself addressed the court, saying he takes full responsibility for what has happened. “It happened because of my lack of experience,” he said.
Jim's commentary is right on. How many of us started with minimal training, learned by watching the old guys and survived?

Maybe one day the industry and the government will agree on proper training rather than a warm body in the drivers seat.