Confused driver stopped with load of missile launchers

| 12/5/2005

Authorities say the driver of a truck carrying two armored vehicles and anti-tank missile launchers was pre-occupied with personal issues and missed a shipment deadline Thursday, Dec. 1, from Toronto to Montreal in Canada.

The Canadian Press reported that authorities followed with concern when the truck was spotted Friday on westbound Highway 407 in Toronto, particularly after the intended recipient in Montreal reported the shipment stolen.

But the shipment was not stolen after all. The unidentified driver for Camlane Group, whom the Canadian armed forces contracted to ship the equipment, was not charged since authorities had no reason to believe he had any ill intent.

The driver told authorities he missed the shipment date because of personal and family issues, the news agency reported.

The precious cargo of two M113 armored personnel carriers bearing ground-to-ground missile launchers were not harmed.

Ontario Provincial Police along with Peel and York Region police stayed back at first as a precaution until they had sufficiently mobilized. Taking further precautions, they made the stop and the driver cooperated without incident.

– By David Tanner, staff writer