Drivers scrambled to grab cash Friday morning after bags of money fell out of an armoured truck on a Southern California freeway, authorities said.
The incident occurred shortly before 9:15 AM on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad.
“One of the doors popped open and bags of cash fell out,” California Highway Patrol Sgt. Curtis Martin said.
In California, drivers blocked a highway to collect bills that had fallen from an armored car. The door of the car that was carrying cash was accidentally opened for an unknown reason. Drivers passing by began collecting money and recording videos. pic.twitter.com/4qjVQFMXZQ— Aleksander Onishchuk (@Brave_spirit81) November 20, 2021
Several bags broke open, spreading money — mainly USD 1 and USD 20 bills — all over the lanes and bringing the freeway to a chaotic halt, Martin said.
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 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 freeway was reopened shortly before 11 AM.