Money spilled over US freeway in armoured van collision
Drivers scrambled to grab cash after bags of money fell out of an armoured van in southern California.
The incident occurred shortly before 9.15am local time on Friday in Carlsbad, as the vehicle was heading from San Diego to an office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
California Highway Patrol (CHP) Sergeant Curtis Martin said: “One of the doors popped open and bags of cash fell out”.
Several bags broke open, spreading money – mainly one dollar and 20 dollar notes – all over the lanes and bringing traffic to a chaotic halt.
Police did not immediately say how much money was lost.
A video posted online showed people laughing as they held wads of cash.
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Two people were arrested at the scene. Sergeant Martin warned that any others who are found to have taken the money could face criminal charges.
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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 return it, with at least a dozen people having already handed back what they had collected.
“People are bringing in a lot,” Sergeant Martin said. “People got a lot of money.”
The road was reopened shortly before 11am.
Additional reporting by Associated Press
Traffic in southern California ground to a half as drivers stopped to grab banknotes from the road