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Ex-Fugitive Canadian Truck Driver Involved In Fatal U.S. Accident Pleads Guilty To Falsifying Logbooks

On August 3, Gulvinder Singh Sandhu, a former driver for Montreal-based Garfield Container Transport, Inc., pled guilty in U.S. District Court in Philadelphia, PA to 42 counts of making false statements on his commercial driver's license daily logbooks. On September 22, 1999, a tractor trailer overloaded with rock salt that was driven by Sandhu jumped a guardrail on Interstate 78 in Philadelphia, killing four occupants of a minivan -- including a four year-old boy and his parents.

Our investigation found that Sandhu falsified his logbooks on a nearly daily basis between August 2 and September 22, 1999 to conceal that he was driving more than the maximum driving hours in violation of federal highway safety regulations. In April 2002, Sandhu was indicted by a federal grand jury. On May 30, 2006, he voluntarily returned to the U.S. after more than four years as a fugitive in Canada, and is being held pending sentencing, scheduled for November 2, 2006. The investigation was conducted with assistance from the Canadian Ministry of Justice and FMCSA.