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Argentine inspectors locked in refrigerated truck

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina – An Argentine truck driver upset that inspectors found irregularities with his refrigerated cargo shut two inspectors in the back and took them on a long, cold ride.

Sanitary control inspector Valeria Aguirre said during a routine inspection of a refrigerated truck they found that the food inside wasn’t being stored at an acceptable temperature. They told the driver they were going to retain his cargo, which was described as desserts.

Aguirre told Todo Noticias channel that she and another inspector entered the truck’s refrigerated compartment to register the cargo when the driver became upset and said “I want to go, they can’t keep me here.”

She said Thursday he locked them in the back and drove off. “We grabbed what we could and the papers flew everywhere.”

She said the inspectors called colleagues who contacted police. The truck was intercepted after a trip of more than about 2 miles.

They were rescued safe but shivering. The driver was arrested.

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