Armored Truck Crashes, Spilling Millions In Coins

March 29, 2012 by staff 

Armored Truck Crashes, Spilling Millions In Coins, Millions of dollars in loonies and toonies scattered over a section of Highway 11 are under guard by provincial police after a serious multiple-vehicle accident north of Kirkland Lake on Tuesday.

The load of coins is unofficially reported to be worth at least $3 million and OPP Inspector Mark Andrews said Wednesday there were unconfirmed reports of some passersby helping themselves.

“There is lots of security there now,” he said, adding the road was not expected to be opened until late Wednesday or early Thursday.

Andrews said two occupants of a Brinks tractor trailer are in serious condition in hospital after it went out of control and struck a rock face shortly before 4 a.m.

The Brinks truck was then struck by a van and a tractor trailer, which spilled its cargo of candies on the roadway.

“We weren’t able to get the second person out the Brinks vehicle until well after 8 a.m. It took quite a bit of time to cut them out,” he said.

Andrews said the two vehicles tried to avoid the wrecked Brinks truck but ended up smashing into it just south of Ramore, between Kirkland Lake and South Porcupine. The occupants of the second tractor trailer and the van escaped serious injury.

“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,” said Andrews, a 28-year veteran of the OPP.

“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.”

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