Armored truck rolls over on Route 10 in Cranston

CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Traffic on Route 10 was snarled Saturday afternoon after an armored truck rolled over.

It happened shortly before 2 p.m. on Route 10 South in the area of Reservoir Avenue. The large Garda armored vehicle came to rest on the grass alongside the highway, facing the wrong way.

State Police say it appears that traffic in the area had slowed down because of debris in the road, and although it’s not yet clear why, the armored truck lost control and spun 180 degrees, leaving long skid marks on the road. When the driver’s-side tires hit the curb, the truck rolled over, ultimately coming to rest on its side in the grass alongside the highway. No other vehicles were involved.

Rescues and fire trucks from both the Cranston and Providence Fire Departments responded to assist. Two men, the driver and another guard, were inside and were taken to Rhode Island Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.

Several State Troopers could be seen picking up rolls of coins from the area around the truck. Troopers said some of the truck’s load spilled out when the rear doors were opened to get to the guard who was seated in the back. That man was lucky he wasn’t more seriously injured, police said, because the money and other objects in the vehicle were loose and flying around the inside of the truck during the rollover.

Another armored truck arrived a short time later to take possession of the first vehicle’s cargo. Traffic was diverted onto Reservoir Avenue while the first truck was righted and the scene cleaned up.

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