5 Freeway cash: Drivers climb while money falls from armored truck in Carlsbad

CARLSBAD, California – Drivers seized cash Friday morning after bags of money fell out of an armored truck on a highway in San Diego County, authorities said.

The incident took place shortly before noon. 9:15 a.m. on Interstate 5 in Carlsbad as the truck was on its way from San Diego to an office of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., authorities said.

“One of the doors slammed open and bags of cash fell out,” says California Highway Patrol Sgt. said Curtis Martin.

Several bags broke open and scattered money – mostly $ 1 and $ 20 bills – across the lanes, bringing the highway to a chaotic halt, Martin said.

Video posted on the net showed some people laughing and jumping while grabbing money.

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Two people were arrested on the spot and Martin warned that others who turn out to have taken the money could be charged with crime. He noted that there was plenty of video recorded by spectators at the scene and that the CHP and FBI were in the process of investigating.

Anyone who took money was encouraged to bring them to the CHP office in Vista.

Authorities did not immediately say how much money had been lost. However, at least a dozen people had returned money they had collected to the CHP Friday afternoon, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.

“People bring in a lot,” Martin said. “People got a lot of money.”

The highway was reopened shortly before 11 p.m.

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