A freeway in San Diego had to be shut down for a while on 19th November after an armored truck spilled cash all over the road. The armored truck was carrying loads of cash, the spillage of which had sparked a frenzy on the Carlsbad freeway. Other drivers began to pull over and make easy money while being on their journey.
CHP officer, Jim Bettencourt, reported that cash covered the northern lanes of Instate 5 near Cannon Road, sometime around 9:15 am. Sergeant Curtis Martin from the California Highway Patrol stated that several bags of cash fell out of the armored truck after a back door had popped open while driving on the road.
The California Highway Patrol Offers Some Information About The Spillage From The Armored Truck
The armored truck was headed towards an office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) from San Diego. It is not clear which office the truck was headed to, as the FDIC has offices in both Orange County and Los Angeles.
Sgt. Curtis told The San Diego Union-Tribune that, “One of the bags broke apart, and there was cash all over the lanes.”
A clip of the effects of the spillage went viral, which showed how several cars were stopping on the sides of the freeway. The drivers were recorded trying to scoop up money for themselves.
Instagram user @demibagby posted footage of people playing with wads of cash, one man laughing as he tossed it up like confetti. She states that it was the most insane thing she had ever seen. Literally, everybody stopped on the freeway to get the money off the road.
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The concept of “finders keepers” does not work in all situations as this incident did not end too well for two people, who decided to fill their wallets with this spilled cash. Most of the money-grabbers had cleared the scene before the arrival of the police.
Two people had accidentally locked themselves out of their vehicle amidst the pandemonium and were subsequently arrested. Their cars were also towed. Jim Bettencourt warned the people who did not return that cash. He stated that they were at risk of being arrested and being charged by the police as well.
“If you stop to pick up money, as many people as videoed the scene, you can possibly be facing charges,” he said.
Martin suggested that they should return the $1 and $20 bills to the police, which had flown out of the armored truck. It was quite surprising that around a dozen people had returned the money they had collected from the armored truck. The CHP was working with the FBI to investigate the matter and recover as much cash as possible.
People online were deeply amused by the accident and at the viral videos shot at the scene. It is not clear as to how much money is missing, but the aggregate sum of the cash that fell out of the truck was reported to be under $1 million.
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