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Calgary trucking company involved in Humboldt bus crash suspended

Last Updated Apr 12, 2018 at 6:30 pm EDT

The wreckage of a fatal crash outside of Tisdale, Sask., is seen Saturday, April, 7, 2018. A bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team crashed into a truck en route to Nipawin for a game Friday night killing 14 and sending over a dozen more to the hospital. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

The Calgary trucking company involved in the Humboldt Broncos crash that killed 15 people has been suspended pending the collision investigation.

The Alberta Transportation minister’s office confirmed to CityNews Adesh Deol Trucking Ltd.’s safety fitness certificate was suspended on April 9, the same day of the collision. The minister’s spokesman added this is standard procedure.

Both Saskatchewan RCMP and Alberta Transportation are investigating.

The Humboldt Broncos were on their way to a playoff game Friday when the bus carrying the junior hockey team collided with a tractor-trailer carrying peat moss just south of Nipawin, Sask. Fourteen people were also injured in the crash, and four remain in critical condition.

The truck driver was not hurt.

The minister’s office said the trucking company has been in operation since September 2017 with no convictions, collisions or violations and recently passed an inspection in February.

According to documents obtained by CityNews, the company’s fleet consisted of two trucks.

An earlier version of this story indicated that the trucking company recently passed two safety tests: one in February and a second in March. That fact was based upon information provided by Alberta’s Ministry of Transportation. The ministry has corrected that information to say the company only underwent one test in February.

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