Money flies from an armored truck, but money-launderers may be charged.
CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) — The city of Carlsbad, California, has
Authorities said bags of cash fell out of an armored truck on a Southern California freeway Friday morning, forcing drivers to scramble to get cash.
The accident happened shortly before 9:15 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad, authorities said, as the truck was traveling from San Diego to a Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. office.
“One of the doors popped open, and bags of cash spilled out,” said Sgt.
Curtis Martin expressed his thoughts on the subject.
According to Martin, several bags burst open, spilling money — mostly (dollar)1 and (dollar)20 bills — all over the lanes and bringing the freeway to a halt.
Some people were seen laughing and leaping while holding wads of cash in a video posted on the internet.
At the scene, two people were arrested, and Martin warned that anyone found with the money could face criminal charges.
He said there was a lot of video taken by bystanders at the scene, and the CHP and FBI were looking into it.
Anyone who received money was advised to bring it to the CHP office in Vista.
The amount of money lost was not immediately disclosed by the authorities.
The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that by Friday afternoon, at least a dozen people had returned money they had collected to the CHP.
Martin said, “People are bringing in a lot.”
“A lot of money was given to people.”
Just before 11 a.m., the freeway was reopened.
I-81 is closed after a tractor-trailer carrying 44,000 pounds of Coca-Cola crashes.
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