The owner of a suspended trucking company involved in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash began recruiting drivers on Kijiji as early as one month after the tragedy, for another trucking company based out of his Calgary home, CBC News has learned.
“I’m quite surprised,” said Scott Thomas, whose son Evan died in the collision.
“I would’ve thought that maybe out of respect for the families and the nature of the tragedy that any entrepreneur would have respected the fact that there should be a certain amount of time that went by.… I get it; he’s a businessman. But to me, I’m surprised and disappointed that it happened so quickly.”
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Sukhmander Singh did not mention what happened to the driver involved in the crash or his suspended company, Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd., while advertising for an owner-operator, as well as new and experienced truck drivers to work for Quality Logistics. The ad was posted on Kijiji at the beginning of May.
He used his cellphone number and half of his first name, “Sukh,” in the advertisement, which was taken down one day after CBC News asked Singh about it.
Quality Logistics was registered with the Alberta government in 2015, but did not file its annual returns for a few years. By April 14 — eight days after the deadly collision — it filed those returns and was revived.
Sixteen people died and 13 were injured when the Charlie’s Charters bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team to a game in Nipawin, Sask., collided with a semi-trailer about 30 kilometres north of Tisdale, Sask., on April 6.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation by the RCMP. No charges have been laid.