September 19, 2017

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Skyway Bridge driver headed to jail, gets three-year drive ban

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The dump truck that struck the Burlington Skyway bridge had it's bucket raised as it slammed into the bridge's overhead steel trusses and girders.

HAMILTON, ON — The driver who crashed his dump truck into Ontario’s Skyway Bridge in Burlington in 2014 was today sentenced to a year in prison, plus a three-year driving ban.

Sukhvinder Singh Rai’s case garnered major controversy after he registered almost triple the legal limit of alcohol the day of the crash, which closed the bridge for four days. But in March 2016, Judge Fred Campling ruled the test results were inadmissible because they were collected too long after the crash. The breath test was conducted five hours after the collision, but the Criminal Code requires such tests to be completed within three hours.

Following the judge’s finding, Rai pled not guilty to the five remaining charges, which included dangerous driving and mischief endangering life.

The July 31 collision caused more than $1 million in damage and shut down a key link between the Greater Toronto Area and Niagara Region over a holiday weekend.

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