RAMORE, Ont. - Millions of dollars in coins and a shipment of candy were scattered across an Ontario highway Wednesday following the crash of a Brinks tractor-trailer that seriously injured two people.
Both of the men who were in the Brinks truck were taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said.
The crash happened around 4 a.m. on Highway 11, north of Kirkland Lake in northeastern Ontario, when the truck crossed the centre line and collided with a rock face, said Ontario Provincial Police Const. Marc Depatie.
The crash also caused a number of chain-reaction collisions, but the injuries were minor, he said.
One of the trucks involved in the resulting crashes was carrying candy, he said.
That candy, along with $3 million to $5 million worth of loonies and toonies were strewn on the road and in the surrounding bush.
"There is a quantity of candy but it's not nearly as sizable as the debris field created by the loonies and toonies that are on the highway," Depatie said.
The highway was closed by police, who essentially stood guard until the money could be removed.
"A private contractor will be using magnets and other mechanisms to recover the dispersed load," but clearing up the wreckage remains the top priority, Depatie said.
Police said the road would likely remain off-limits until Wednesday evening while investigators look into what caused the crash.
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