A deadly tractor-trailer crash on I-95 in Florida today took the life of one person, while spilling millions of nickels from Philadelphia.
The $180,000 worth of coins were being shipped from the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia to Miami by a private carrier, IBI Secured Transport of Trenton, according to mint spokeswoman Carla Coolman.
The Florida Highway Patrol closed part of I-95, after the tractor-trailer carrying the coins apparently rear-ended another tractor trailer near Mims, along the east coast of Central Florida, police said.
A passenger in the IBI truck died, and the drivers of both trucks were hospitalized, authorities said.
The name of the deceased, who was in the truck's sleeper area, was being withheld pending notification of relatives, according to OrlandoSentinel.com.
William Rohrman, 54, of Levittown, Pa., was driving the IBI truck. The other driver was Ferlandis Green, 46, of Callahan, Fla., the website reported.
Secret Service and Treasury agents guarded the scene, where sparkling coins blanketed the road and nearby grass.
The nickels, shipped in 14 huge bags, were going to the Miami Federal Reserve, for further distribution to South Florida banks.
"We deeply regret the loss of life and injuries that resulted from this accident," said Coolman, who explained that no mint employees were involved.
IBI, which assumed full responsibility for the shipment, is responsible for any losses, she said.
IBI Secured Transport's Trenton and New York offices declined to comment.
The Philadelphia Mint has manufactured more than 162 million nickels so far this year.