Trucker involved in fatal accident charged with falsifying logbook

| 4/29/2002

A Pennsylvania federal grand jury earlier this month returned a 42-count indictment charging a Canadian trucker involved in a fatal accident with making false statements to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Early on the morning of Sept. 22, 1999, Gulvinder Singh Sandhu of Quebec, Canada, swerved his truck into a median guardrail along Interstate 78 in Greenwich Township, PA. The trailer jumped the guardrail and struck a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction, killing four and seriously injuring two others inside.

Sandhu allegedly falsified his logbook on each of the 44 days leading up to the accident. According to the indictment, he falsified his logbook in several ways, including the times he crossed the U.S./Canada border; claiming he was in his sleeper when he was actually driving; and falsely reporting his location, concealing the fact he was driving above the maximum time allowed by federal highway safety regulations.

If convicted of logbook falsification, Sandhu faces a possible maximum sentence including five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.