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Terrorist attacks close CanAm border

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Four unprecedented terrorist attacks against the U.S. have truck shipments to and from the U.S. j...


NEW YORK, N.Y. — Four unprecedented terrorist attacks against the U.S. have truck shipments to and from the U.S. jammed.

Four planes, all of which were hijacked by an as of yet unidentified extremist group(s) protesting U.S. policy in the Middle East, have been purposely crashed in the U.S. Two planes were flown into the World Center with both the north and south towers collapsing about one hour later. The third downed aircraft slammed into the forth, fifth and sixth corridors of the Pentagon. The final crash occurred about 80 miles outside of Pittsburgh, Penn. With few details available at this time.

As of 11:42 a.m., reports indicated all CanAm commercial crossing were officially closed. This has jammed the international gateway’s, preventing truckers from both leaving and returning to Canada.

“We just came out of a strategy meeting,” confirms Trevor Fridfinnson, director of operations for Winnipeg-based Bison Transport, about one hour prior to border crossing officially closing. “We’re not going to be initiating any international loads until further notice.”

He indicates there is a strong possibility the Interstate Highway Network may also be closed.

“That’s what it was designed for – military movements (in times of crisis),” says Fridfinnson. “Do you read Tom Clancy? This is right out of one of his novels.”

Ironically, Clancy says he indicated to a U.S. Airforce General that the possibility for just such an act of terrorism did exist several years ago.

“I said to him, ‘What if someone crashed a plane into Congress? Surely you’ve studied that possibility, haven’t you?'” recounts the acclaimed author. “This is one of those things best left in a novel.”

A spokesperson with the Ontario Trucking Association says the office has been swamped by members calling for status updates on the border. The fleet group is now posting updates on its Web site, www.ontruck.org.

The thoughts and prayers of the entire Truck News staff go out to our neighbors to the south and any Canadians stranded abroad; and especially to the relatives of truckers who may have been carrying loads to any of the impacted areas.


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