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article imageMillions in coins strewn across Ontario highway after crash

By Arthur Weinreb     Mar 28, 2012 in World
Kirkland Lake - The early morning accident sent two people to hospital and scattered millions of dollars in coins across the highway and into nearby bushes.
The crash happened early this morning on Highway 11, just north of Kirkland Lake. Around 4 a.m., a Brinks tractor trailer lost control, crossed the two lane highway, and slammed into a rock face. The crash caused chain reaction collisions involving two other tractor trailers and a van.
The two occupants of the Brinks vehicle were taken to different area hospitals with life threatening injuries and it took authorities about four hours to extricate one of the Brinks employees from the tractor trailer. The driver of the van was uninjured while the other tractor trailer drivers received minor injuries, taken to area hospitals, and later released.
The exact value of coins that were dislodged from the Brinks truck is not known but it is believed to be between $3 and $5 million. One of the other tractor trailers involved in the accident also lost its cargo. As well as loonies and toonies scattered around the accident scene, the area is littered with candy as well.
The South Porcupine Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police closed the highway in both directions between Matheson and Kenogami. Other vehicle traffic was rerouted to other highways and Highway 11 is not expected to reopen until this evening.
OPP Inspector Mark Andrews, a 28-year veteran of the force, is quoted in the Toronto Star saying, Armoured vehicles have been involved in collisions before but they are usually not compromised so that may give you an indication of the severity of the impact. We have never had a high value load like this spilled . . . we have never had a Brinks truck of any nature ever split open on us before.
OPP Cst. Marc Depatie, was quoted in the Toronto Sun as saying, I walked through the scene where there was more money than I will ever see in my whole life.
Depatie also said that backhoes with industrial sized magnets were being brought in to help individuals retrieve the coins. Brinks employees are on hand to manually pick up the coins and police will remain on scene to guard the money until it is recovered. There were unconfirmed reports that some passers-by had helped themselves to some of the coins right after the accident occurred.
Police are continuing to investigate how the Brinks truck lost control.
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