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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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      Mr. Rockafeller
      • 3 Years Ago
      I thought coins had no iron in them so that they wont rust....how then R they using magnets to pick them off the road...???? Also, let me get practical here....if U drive such a truck you should be such a good driver that you do all you can NOT to hit debris on the road.....Most likely are following TOO CLOSE the vehicle ahead of you........Next time, polish up your driving skills and leave road debris to get hit by those that just got a license to drive ......Enough w/ this small talk .... just get well and once you are back up on your feet do all humanely possible to not get into an accident. Only excuse would be if a meteor fell straight from the sky then for sure that accident wouldnt be your fault
        John Rubano
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mr. Rockafeller
        Maybe you should polish up on your reading if you read it at all. It says he hit a rock outcropping that tore a gash into the truck. He didn't hit any debris, what are you reading, sure not this story. You wrote following too close. What are you one of those know it all's. You had EVERYTHING wrong with this story. Read before you open your mouth.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Oh well.....just a bit of cash that went.....blowin' in the wind......well almost....
      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
      canoeal
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someone say something about Loonies???
      • 3 Years Ago
      Kind of sad that the chocolate and money seems more important that the two people seriously hurt. Giving them one measly sentence of recognition and then going on further to joke around is just shameful..
      Iselin007
      • 3 Years Ago
      Magnetic coins in Canada is that part of NAFTA?
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Iselin007
        Nobody said anything about magnets. METAL detecters can find almost any metal!!!
          gosports1
          • 3 Years Ago
          Plese re-Read the article where you will see the Word magnet.Have a Good Day
          CUSACitizen
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yes, the article clearly says..... Magnets attached to cranes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Iselin007
        if you watch the attached video they are using magnets to pick up the coins
      Iselin007
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thanks to the few mostly low age jobs the government just might need to make money out of garbage!
      • 3 Years Ago
      how about a harley davidson new or used/?
      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?
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