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Uhaul truck carrying $2 million in gold, silver crashes on NY Thruway

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MORTON GROVE, IL - JANUARY 23: A U-Haul truck departs from a U-Haul store January 23, 2003 in Morton Grove, Illinois. Reno, Nevada-based U-Haul Co. is discussing debt restructuring. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (AP) – State police are investigating an accident involving a rental truck carrying a cargo worth around $2 million.

Troopers say a Uhaul box truck rolled on its side and up against a guide rail Monday morning along the New York State Thruway’s eastbound lanes in suburban Buffalo.

The operator was a government-contracted transporter and advised police he was carrying approximately about $2 million worth of gold and silver. Troopers say the cargo consisted of large mechanical filterlike cores used in military aircraft, which contain amounts of both precious metals.

State Police secured the scene, verified the driver’s credentials, and arranged for all of the material to be transferred to an armored vehicle.

The driver was not injured and no other vehicles were involved.