Loose change took on a new meaning Monday afternoon when a load of coins spilled on Holly Springs Road, leading to the road being closed for almost seven hours.
A Freightliner box truck was hauling coins on behalf of a coin-cashing machine business before 4:45 p.m. Monday, Aug. 19 near Oxford Road near Clermont.
Hall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derreck Booth said the truck’s driver, Donovann Miller, 21, of Decatur, was headed eastbound when the truck ran off the shoulder.
“Miller overcorrected into the westbound lane. The truck went off the westbound shoulder and overturned,” Booth wrote in a news release.
A Ford F-150 pickup truck went off the road to avoid a wreck. Booth said the pickup truck “sideswiped the roof of the overturned box truck,” but the driver suffered minor injuries and was not taken to the hospital.
Miller was taken by Hall County Fire Services to Northeast Georgia Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
He was cited for failure to maintain lane and no proof of insurance.
“Holly Springs Road remained closed until approximately 11:30 p.m. for cleanup of the box truck and coins,” Booth said.
Exactly how many coins spilled or the value of the money was unknown, but Sheriff’s Office photos appeared to show at least a dozen boxes and thousands of coins.