Thousands of wrecks happen every day on highways around the world. It's safe to say most aren't like the one that happened Wednesday in northern Ontario, when a collision and resulting pileup spilled millions of dollars of cash and candy onto a Canadian highway.
The wreck happened when a Brinks truck struck a rock outcropping near Kirkland Lake. Much like the Titanic, the rock ripped open the side of the truck, spilling an estimated $5 million in Canadian coins onto the highway in an ankle-deep array. As one constable poetically put it, the crash scene was like "walking on a carpet of loonies and toonies." The coins had come from the Canadian Mint and were headed for circulation.
The driver of the truck and a passenger were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries. The wreck set off a chain reaction that involved a minivan and two other tractor-trailers. One of the tractor-trailers was carrying candy, and that too spilled atop the coins.
But don't go heading up to the Great White North ready to stuff your pockets with coins and candy. Local police will be stationed at the crash site until cleanup is completed to discourage sticky-fingered passerby.
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