Cash spills onto highway causing vehicle crashes

Clay Curtis
December 14, 2018

Like a game show gone wrong, a Brinks truck spilled money all over a New Jersey highway Thursday morning, starting a mad dash for cash among drivers.

In videos posted across social media, a man in uniform is seen running through traffic trying to collect money, while others exited their cars to do the same.

The Brinks truck idled in the right shoulder with its lights flashing as the bills blew around the highway.

Drivers may have thought they hit the lottery when the money fell onto the highway, but keeping the money is illegal and could land you in jail.

The police department also says it has a lot of video of the incident and is working to identify people seen grabbing the cash. Video from the chaotic scene showed one vehicle with its front end smashed in and airbags deployed.

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The East Rutherford police department said that around 8.30am, multiple 911 callers reported an armored truck spilling cash on the highway.

Police Captain Phil Taormina said it appeared the armoured vehicle had an issue with the lock on one of its doors.

East Rutherford police are asking anyone with information or video to contact them.

They later said that people could arrange to return any collected cash without facing charges.

In a statement to, Brinks said that the company is investigating the incident and declined to comment further.

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