Published: Fri, April 20, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Semi in intersection at time of Humboldt Broncos bus crash: RCMP

Semi in intersection at time of Humboldt Broncos bus crash: RCMP

The investigation is still in the evidence recovery and collection stage. More interviews are scheduled in the coming days and weeks. Those modules will provide important pre-collision data such as speed of both vehicles, RPM of engines, and application of brakes prior to the collision.

Investigators will be positioning vehicles similar to those involved in the crash at the intersection to take measurements and analyze sightlines. As well numerous other documents and records have been collected on site such as log books.

This is to allow for additional collision scene testing and analysis.

Zablocki outlined what was known about the collision itself.

The collision between the Broncos bus and a semi-trailer took place April 6 around 5 p.m. on Highway 35, about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale, as the Broncos travelled to Nipawin from Humboldt for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) semifinal series against the Nipawin Hawks.

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"I can assure you that all of our efforts are dedicated to determining why the tractor-trailer was in the intersection", Zablocki said.

LISTEN: Humboldt Broncos survivor Ryan Straschnitzki describes harrowing scene moments after Saskatchewan bus crash and losing his teammates. The preliminary investigation determined the tractor-trailer was in the intersection at the time of the collision. Police are asking drivers to slow down when approaching the barricades and detours, and to follow instructions to ensure the safety of RCMP members.

"There's a lot of unanswered questions", Zablocki said during a Thursday news conference in Regina to address the ongoing investigation into the collision. At this point, no charges have been laid and the RCMP would not reveal whether charges may be laid in the future. "But be assured we are committed to providing updates as this investigation progresses".

Earlier information regarding the truck driver was confirmed in that he was held in custody immediately following the accident and was released later that evening.

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