Flying Cash Shuts Down Maryland Interstate
Armored car's door burst open, and drivers behind it got what they could
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 31, 2014 1:11 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Drivers scrambled to grab money flying around a Maryland highway this morning after an armored truck's door burst open. Maryland State Police say a lock on the truck seems to have malfunctioned, causing the door to open. A bag of cash fell onto Interstate 270 near Urbana, and the bills flew in the air. Police say a number of drivers stopped on the interstate and grabbed what cash they could before a fire department vehicle arrived and turned on its emergency lights. So many drivers stopped that the northbound lanes were essentially shut down, reports the Washington Post.

Responding troopers were able to help the truck's driver recover about $200. It's not yet known how much cash was lost. Police urge the drivers who took the cash to return it to the state police barracks in Frederick, or else face charges of theft if they're found. A police spokesperson describes the scene after the truck driver realized his door had flown open: “By the time he gets over, cash is floating through the air. Most, if not all the vehicles suddenly stopped with people’s hands raised in the air.”
 

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