Drivers scramble highway for free cash
DRIVERS on a busy highway in Atlanta were hit by an unusual storm of real US currency on Tuesday night, causing many to pull over and scramble for money on the roadside.
The money flew across the highway and into the air after the door of an armoured vehicle fell off while driving, sending somewhere between $143,000 and $251,543 (US $100,000 and $175,000) to fly out of the vehicle and across the Interstate 285 in Dunwoody, Atlanta, according to reports.
Multiple videos shows cars and trucks pulled over, as people scoop up piles of bills strewn across the highway, and banked up by the side of the road.
Despite road traffic continuing while people walked in nearby traffic, all managed to escape injury, according to local reports.
Dunwoody Police tell me it is possible well over $100,000 in cash covered 285 West last night after a door on an armored truck came open. If you picked up any of the cash police are asking you to return it or you could be charged with theft. https://t.co/H5PaYx5nkP #11Alive pic.twitter.com/WY9gWzRj1n— Joe Henke (@JoeHenke) July 10, 2019
By the time police arrived, the opportunists had driven off with the money.
Dunwoody Police Sergeant Robert Parsons has told media those who took money, which can be seen in the video blowing across lanes of the highway, will need to return it. He said keeping the money is a crime. Police are still investigating to see how much is missing.
"We are hoping many will return the money, and I know of at least one who is," Sergeant Parsons told 11 Alive.
"We also may have plenty of video on social media and tag numbers and people to investigate if people chose not to return it," Sergeant Parsons said.
According to 11 Alive, two people have returned their cash following Dunwoody Police's Facebook post. Their takings were worth $3,879 (US $2700).