Fourth anniversary of deadly Humboldt, SK crash that killed 16, injured 13

Fourth anniversary of deadly Humboldt, SK crash that killed 16, injured 13

Fourth anniversary of deadly Humboldt

The fourth anniversary of the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash will be quietly acknowledged, in a community that has been “forever changed.”

On April 6, 2018, a semi collided with the Junior A hockey team’s bus killing 16 people and injuring 13 others.

“We consulted with the families and the involved people and they determined they’d rather have a low-key ceremony today,” the city’s mayor Michael Behiel told CTV News Saskatoon.

The first in-person public memorial event since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic was held at the community’s Elgar Petersen Arena. The building was a focal point for mourners in the aftermath of the crash.

At 4:50 p.m., the approximate time of the crash, the church bell tolled 29 times in honour of those killed or injured in the crash.​

Earlier this month, Jaskirat Singh Sidhu, the driver of the semi who was sentenced to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm, was denied his first bid to stay in Canada. Under federal law, a permanent resident convicted of a crime that holds a maximum sentence convicted of a crime at least 10 years is deported, with few avenues for appeal. A lawyer for Sidhu sent paperwork to the Canada Border Services Agency in 2021 arguing that Sidhu should not be deported once his sentence has been served.

 

Since his incarceration, Sidhu has spent his time reading books and meditating to deal with PTSD and anxiety. He’s struggled to sleep, haunted, he has said, by the screams of the survivors on that fateful day.

 

Sidhu’s fate is settled for now, but for Thomas and Joseph, another battle goes on: getting up each morning and putting one foot in front of the other in the wake of immeasurable loss.

Chris and Andrea Joseph have kept Jaxon’s room exactly as he left it. Joseph, who has a tattoo honoring his son, is acutely aware that marriages often fall apart after tragedy, and it’s something he and Andrea regularly work on. Sometimes they have blowups, and they have to remind each other that they need to be kind to one another, to support each other.

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