US drivers scramble as cash falls from armoured truck on motorway

Drivers in the US halted a motorway when a door from an armoured truck opened and money fell out.

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Drivers in the US halted a motorway when a door from an armoured truck opened and money fell out.

Drivers scrambled to grab cash after bags of money fell out of an armoured truck on a Southern California motorway in the US, police said.

The incident occurred Friday morning (local time) on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad as the truck was heading from San Diego to an office of the Federal Deposit Insurance, police said.

“One of the doors popped open and bags of cash fell out,” California Highway Patrol Sergeant Curtis Martin said.

Several bags broke open, spreading money – mainly US£1 and US£20 bills – all over the lanes and bringing the motorway to a chaotic halt, Martin said.

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Video posted online showed some people laughing and leaping as they held wads of cash.

Two people were arrested at the scene, and Martin warned that any others who are found to have taken the money could face criminal charges.

He noted there was plenty of video taken by bystanders at the scene and that the CHP and FBI were investigating.

Anyone who took money was urged to bring it to the CHP office in Vista.

Authorities didn’t immediately say how much money was lost.

However, at least a dozen people had returned the money they collected to the CHP by Friday afternoon, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

“People are bringing in a lot,” Martin said. “People got a lot of money.”

The motorway was reopened shortly before 11am.

AP




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