The Associated Press published an article this week about a wreck involving a truck carrying $187,000 worth of new nickels. -EditorPortions of Interstate 95 were closed . and sparkling in the morning sun . Wednesday after a tractor trailer carrying $187,000 worth of nickels crashed, scattering the coins across the road and killing one person.
A fatal truck wreck early Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2008. involving a truck carrying a load of nickels near Titusville, leaves spilled coins the roadway. .It.s shiny across the roadway,. said Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Kim Miller. .There are nickels in the grass, across the interstate..
The southbound lanes of I-95 in Brevard County north of Titusville were closed as authorities secured the scene. Miller said the coins were on their way from Philadelphia to the U.S. Treasury in Miami, where they were set to be distributed to banks.
She said one tractor trailer rear-ended another at 5:30 a.m. Wednesday, causing the first truck to run off the road and the second to overturn, spilling some of its 3 million nickels across the road.
Miller said it was not immediately known how many nickels spilled onto the roadway. She said some remained bagged inside the truck.s trailer, and that the Secret Service and U.S. Treasury were on the scene trying to decide how to pick them up .and to make sure nobody touches any of the nickels..
.I don.t suspect they.re going to be picking up these nickels one by one,. she said. .Maybe with shovels..
To read the complete article, see: Spill of $187,000 in Nickels Closes I-95 (http://www.theledger.com/article/20080917/NEWS/809170286
Wayne Homren, Editor
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