More than half a million dollars spilled from an armored truck onto New Jersey Route 3 in East Rutherford at around 8:30 a.m. Thursday, and nearly $300,000 remains missing a day later.
East Rutherford police said that two plastic bags full of cash fell from a Brink’s armored truck near MetLife Stadium on Thursday after a technical malfunction caused one of its doors to open.
One of the bags contained $140,000 while another had $370,000 packed inside. Police said the bags opened when they hit the road, becoming airborne amid the wind stirred up by passing vehicles.
Drivers stopped their vehicles to grab at some of the swirling cash fluttering along the highway, resulting in at least two car crashes but police were unaware if anyone was injured.
Brinks employees and some honest motorists recovered about $205,000 from the highway. Five people turned in about $11,000.
Authorities don’t know how much money was lost in the spontaneous highway robbery.
Edward A. Cunningham, Brinks Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications, said that the incident was being investigated.
“We confirm that one of our trucks was involved in an incident on Route 3 in East Rutherford this morning,” said Cunningham. “The incident is under investigation and we have no additional comment at this time.”
In videos from the scene, people can be seen scrambling to grab some of the $100 bills before returning to their cars.
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