Plea date set in Shellbrook overpass case

Staff ~ The Prince Albert Daily Herald
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Prince Albert Provincial Court

A contracting company and motorist accused of causing thousands of damage to the Shellbrook overpass last fall are expected to enter pleas next month.

Appearing in court via phone, the defence lawyer for the accused said his clients needed to finish examining the evidence in preparation.

The case has been adjourned to Tuesday, May 6 at 9:30 a.m. in Prince Albert Provincial Court. Both accused parties are scheduled to enter pleas on that date.

The incident at the centre of the case took place on Oct. 30, 2013, when police say a semi-unit hauling a tree harvester collided with the overpass, resulting in its closure to traffic for several days.

The defence attorney for the accused was originally scheduled to make a phone appearance in court last Tuesday but proved unavailable due to technical issues.

Eagle Creek Contracting and Darren Smith have each been charged with one violation of the Traffic Safety Act and three violations of the Highways and Transportation Act.

They include failing to notify and provide information to those affected by an accident, causing damage to a public improvement, two counts of operating a vehicle exceeding the maximum dimensions for a public highway and three counts of contravening weight and dimension expectations.

See also:

Defence lawyer M.I.A. at Shellbrook overpass trial

Company charged over Shellbrook overpass damage

Geographic location: Shellbrook, Prince Albert Provincial Court

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