The U.S. Customs service
will soon employ a giant X-ray machine to scan vehicles crossing the Ambassador
Bridge. The added security is part of the federal government's push to thwart
Any vehicle suspected
of hiding something will be X-rayed. "It's intended for trucks, but it
can be used on cars, too," Wendell Clark, assistant director of the Port
Authority Operations in Detroit, recently told a group of police officials
and community leaders. "There are a lot of hiding places on a truck."
The machine is scheduled
for installation on the Detroit side of the bridge in January. No machine
is planned for the Windsor Tunnel because most trucks use the bridge.
The imaging machine
is reportedly the size of a small car wash and will cost more than $1 million.
"It has to be huge to put an entire tractor-trailer in it," Clark
said. "The entire vehicle fits into the machine's cavity and then it