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