Nine Polish immigrants,
including two children, were taken into custody early Wednesday after a botched
attempt to smuggle themselves across the Ambassador Bridge by hiding underneath
The group reportedly
was holding on beneath a semi-trailer as it crossed the bridge into Detroit.
When officials pulled the truck over for a routine paperwork check, the driver
became nervous and instructed the group to run.
A woman in the group
was struck by another tractor-trailer as she allegedly tried to hide underneath.
She was pinned beneath the truck and suffered a broken leg.
A spokesman for the
local customs and excise union told news reporters that the "smart border"
action plan signed Wednesday by U.S. and Canadian officials likely would not
have netted the immigrants. The plan allows trucks loaded with goods bound
for either country to be pre-cleared to go into a fast lane helping to speed
the flow of trade across the border.