This was the scene in Central Florida when a semi truck filled with nickels overturned.
Two trucks crash on I-95 in Central Florida. One of the trucks was carrying millions of nickels crashed into another truck on Interstate 95 in Florida, spilling about $185,000 in change onto the highway.
Investigators from the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) said one semi-truck rear-ended another, causing about 3 million nickels to pour onto the road, according to MyFOXOrlando.com.The collision caused one of the trucks to hit a guard rail and overturn, killing a passenger inside. Workers used blowers to move the nickels off the roadway to reopen the highway to traffic, while Treasury employees had the responsibility of re-packing the more than 3 million loose coins, which were transported in canvas bags.
Bags of nickels piled up near the wreck on Interstate 95 on Wednesday morning. (Malcolm Denemark, FLORIDA TODAY
Apparently, onlookers couldn’t resist the temptation.
Traffic cameras spotted people stopping and digging through the dirt for nickels. FHP said one person had $300 worth of nickels, which amounts to 50 pounds. Troopers said they took them from him. That money and other cash recovered from motorists has been returned to the federal government.
In light of the economic news that we experienced over the past week, I can see why someone would risk their life to get out of their car on a busy highway to dig for a nickel. Heck, 20 of them equal a dollar and if you find 100, you can get a latte!