LEE -- An armored car driver headed westbound on the Massachusetts Turnpike rolled his vehicle Friday morning, scattering currency across the roadway.

Lee Fire Department responded to the crash at roughly 8 a.m. and assisted the driver, who was unhurt, out of the van, owned by Loomis. The van contained "a small amount of coins," according to the MSP.

The Massachusetts State Police, the state Department of Transportation and additional employees of Loomis also responded to the scene.

Responders closed the inner westbound and eastbound lanes of the turnpike while the cleanup of the currency and wreckage went on. The closures "slowed traffic significantly," said MSP Trooper Todd Nolan.

"A lot of people were out there picking up coins," Nolan said. "We believe the van did at least one full revolution and the cargo came spilling out when it came to a rest."

The driver, whose name was not released, was not impaired by alcohol or drugs, nor was he texting with a cell phone when the crash occurred, Nolan said. Investigation into the cause of the wreck continues, headed up by the MSP.

It took nearly two hours to clear the debris. Loomis and MassDOT recovered "almost all" of the cargo while police directed traffic, according to the MSP.

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