|A highway worker swept euro coins after a truck carrying them overturned Monday in southern Italy, unloading its contents onto the highway and leading motorists to hit the brakes and dig in. (Vincenzo Maizzi/Associated Press)|
Drivers grab coins spilled on road in Italy
ROME — Money may make the world go round, but in this case it brought an Italian highway to a halt.
A truck carrying about $2.5 million in coins overturned in southern Italy, unloading its contents onto the highway and leading motorists to hit the brakes and dig in.
Police in Foggia, where the accident occurred Monday, said yesterday that it was impossible to establish how much money had been stolen; many of the euro1 and euro2 coins remained in piles on the highway. But motorists who acted quickly before police arrived made off with at least $12,500.
Police said the truck’s driver and one passenger suffered minor injuries.
The truck was carrying the money from the Italian mint to local banks.