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Burlington Skyway crash: Driver faces dangerous driving charges

10/07/2014 04:51 EDT | Updated 12/07/2014 05:59 EST
The driver of a dump truck that crashed into the Burlington Skyway, closing the commuter corridor for four days, will be facing more than just a pair of drunk driving charges Wednesday morning. 

Dangerous driving charges have been added by the Crown against Sukhvinder Singh Rai, 34, of Brampton, who drove a dump truck with its bed raised through the iron superstructure of the Skyway at the end of July. 

It may cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars to repair the damage done by the accident that closed down the Toronto-bound bridge lanes during the August long weekend. 

Rai has since been charged with impaired driving and driving with over 80 milligrams of alcohol in his blood, but has yet to appear in court, having his lawyer attend on his behalf. 

That may change Wednesday — last week lawyers for Rai requested a Punjabi translator for Wednesday's hearing, signaling Rai may be in a Hamilton courtroom for the first time since the crash.

Additional charges were announced at last week's court appearance. Crown spokesperson Brendan Crawley confirmed dangerous operation of a motor vehicle would be the new charge placed against Rai.

The Skyway, meanwhile, had a temporary beam installed while a new, custom beam was ordered for the bridge. Roughly 70,000 cars drive over the critical link between Niagara and the U.S. border to Toronto daily. The collision caused traffic mayhem, forcing vehicles either around Hamilton, or through its downtown core. 

Rai's lawyer previously indicated he would plead not guilty. 

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