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There was an old ad campaign for Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that involved two people, one holding a chocolate bar and the other an open jar of peanut butter, colliding. "Hey...you got peanut butter on my chocolate." The other guy said, "You got chocolate in my peanut butter."

On Wednesday, that scenario played out on a much larger scale in Northern Ontario when a Brinks Truck hit a rock out-cropping that tore a gash in the vehicle sending $5 million in coins out onto the highway. The wreck set off a chain reaction of vehicles crashing into the wreck, one of which was a candy that spilled out onto the highway mixing with the coins.

If there wasn't already a long-standing holiday tradition of putting chocolate coins in Christmas stockings, the incident might have spawned the idea.

Local constables had to guard the area to prevent scavengers from making off with the Canadian loonies and candy. Magnets attached to cranes were employed to try and collect as many of the coins, which came fresh from the Canadian Mint, as possible.

The Brinks driver and passenger were hospitalized with life threatening injuries.

After the police have left, we are pretty sure we will see citizens with metal detectors up there trying to see what valuable crumbs were left behind--of the money. not the candy.

Check out AOL Autos' Techsplanation article on collision avoidance systems being installed in many new vehicles today. Can these systems really save your life?


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      frankc354
      • 3 Years Ago
      Alex I'll take candy for 1000.00 please AH! the daily double
      tomwa007
      • 3 Years Ago
      I guess some here consider themselves to be better writers. So why aren't you writing articles for Huffington ? As far as prayer goes, that implies your sky god thingie gives out special favors for those who ask. Isn't that bias? I guess your sky god thingie only makes Christians, and favors them ?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tomwa007
        lol on tomwa007
      Earl58
      • 3 Years Ago
      ... maybe Canada mints some steel coinage??? No other metal is attracted to magnets...
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Earl58
        Um iron is attracted to magnets actually along with any other metal with a vacant outer electron
        tony
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Earl58
        Thou be incorrect, research 1st, flap later. iron, nickel, cobalt, some alloys of rare earth metals, and some naturally occurring minerals
        terwalk2
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Earl58
        duh! thats how metro buses separade canadian from american.semper fi
        Earl58
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Earl58
        I just checked it out... Canada is minting it's new one & two $ coins of steel to save money... surprise...
      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      well for the drivers getting seriously injured i feel for them and there families,as for what took place it reminds you of something the ''three stooges would do in one of there episodes,i sure pray the injued survive with ''gods'' speed.
      scratch
      • 3 Years Ago
      gay
        arvig
        • 3 Years Ago
        @scratch
        Scratch, so nice you found a way to describe yourself with one word. Now, do you mean "happy" or "homosexual'? :P
      • 3 Years Ago
      Driving a truck is dangerous work. Every day I see people who try to commit suicide by their foolish habits in or near a truck. I hope the injured recover quickly.
      Lorri
      • 3 Years Ago
      yeah, if I lived nearby, I think I couldnt resist going there and checking it out to see if there were any coins left over lol. How could you not??? It's not like anyone is going to get rich doing that, but it would be fun
      firstsgt3rdus
      • 3 Years Ago
      Canadian coins are magnetic, US coins are not. Reason? So automatic coin sorters can tell the difference. The coins co-exist for many miles on either side of the border with Canada. Easy to sort and return to the country of origin with a magnet. Imagine sorting by hand?
      • 3 Years Ago
      An armored Brinks truck can NOT carry 5,000,000 Canadian Loonies. Neithee the bulk or the weight. Period.
        Dennis
        • 3 Years Ago
        OK.....so they didn't use calculators when counting the coins. It just goes to show you how human error comes out. You can't count that many coins by hand and be accurate !!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        They said 5,000,000 dollars worth. not 5,000,000 loonies. How much is a loonie worth?
      metusmetu
      • 3 Years Ago
      To hell with the coins, I was looking for the candy,...........probably worth more too!
      Robert
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats what I was thinking. Coins you can pick up with a magnet??? ONLY iron (ferrous) is attracted to magnets.
        Doc
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Robert
        Iron, nickel, and cobalt are all magnetic.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh well.....just a bit of cash that went.....blowin' in the wind......well almost....
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