A truck carrying 1 billion yuan (HK$1.26 billion) of cash from the central bank rolled over after it blew a tire on a highway in Heilongjiang province yesterday, but no one was hurt and no money lost in the accident.
The vehicle heading from Jiamusi to Harbin, was passing though Yilan county when the tire gave way, leading it to plough through a 10-metre fence, scratch an oncoming car and leak oil along the roadway, the Heilongjiang Morning Post reported.
The three people riding in the truck weren’t injured, and no one in the car was hurt either, the county’s traffic police chief, Hao Aimin, was quoted as saying.
The truck sustained a broken fuel tank and serious body damage and lost two front tires. But the cash remained inside, Hao said.
“In order to prevent looting, traffic police and armed police sealed off the scene immediately,” said Hao. “To ensure safety of the cash, the traffic police escorted the truck back to Jiamusi.”
China News Service reported that firefighters thinned down the oil leaked from the truck with foam and lowered temperature on the road surface with water in order to prevent additional accidents. The incident caused traffic congestion of the road for four hours, the Xin News reported
Based on the estimate that a 100 yuan note weighs 1.5 grams, Sohu.com said 10 billion yuan would weigh about 11.5 tons. It said one million yuan of notes, if piled up, would be one metre high. It speculated that the money could have been appropriated by the central bank for purchasing autumn grain.
Fortunately this accident was not a copy of one that occurred in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, in August 2011. In that incident, fire crews, police officers and road cleaners spent more than an hour picking up 760,000 yuan of coins that had spilled from an armoured vehicle when its side door opened.