Canada

Fender bender smashes record hopes

A Montreal taxi driver on the verge of setting a Guinness Book of World Records mark for the most mileage by a car, is cursing his luck.

Just 264 kilometres short of setting the record for mileage on the same car, Joseph Vaillancourt's never-say-die 1963 Plymouth Fury sedan is headed for the scrap yard. It was smashed by a truck that ran a red light on Wednesday.

Vaillancourt had logged an incredible 2.6-million kilometres in the car, and estimates carrying more than 800,000 passengers.

The 36-year-old cabbie was not hurt in the accident.