A Brinks truck spilled its bounty all over a New Jersey highway this morning, turning passing motorists into cash collectors scooping up stray hundos from the road.
According to the East Rutherford police department, an armored truck experienced a technical malfunction that caused one of its doors to open as it drove along NJ Route 3 around 8:30 a.m. Thursday. A few drivers stopped to collect on the cash flurrying from the vehicle's rear end, leading to two separate crashes. Police say these opportunists absconded with their windfall, fleeing the scene after grabbing bills from the pavement.
Based on the videos circulating on social media, it seems like the money was blowing fast and thick:
Never thought I’d I see a BRINKS truck accident. 100 dollar bills flying everywhere 😂 I’m glad no one was hurt 🙈🙏🏾💵💸💰 pic.twitter.com/pkFu741jWa
— Jon Halapio (@Jhalapio67) December 13, 2018
Authorities don't know how much money was lost in the spontaneous highway robbery, and a Brinks Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Communications Edward A. Cunningham said only: "We can confirm that there was an incident with one of our trucks this morning, which we are investigating."
— Betsy Richards (@BetsyTRic) December 13, 2018
Witness Betsy Richards was on a New Jersey transit bus, headed toward the Lincoln Tunnel, when she found herself in a front-row seat for the calamity unfolding across the highway. As her bus began to slow to a halt, her interior groan over delay-making traffic turned to alarm when she "started hearing people going, 'Oh my God, oh my God!'" all around her, she told WNYC.
"One thinks of an accident, your usual horror, things that happen on the highway," Richards said. But when she looked out the window, she saw a Brinks truck pulled over, its driver—whom Richards described as "kind of laughing and crying at the same time" at the awful absurdity of the situation—running across the highway in a futile attempt to gather the flying cash blanketing the road.
Richards and her fellow passengers gathered on one side of the bus to watch what happened next: "I saw fives, I saw tens, but I also saw hundred dollar bills," Richards said. "They were scattered all over the place."
Once approaching drivers figured out why a uniformed man was running through traffic, she added, a few jumped out of their vehicles and snatched up whatever money they could.
Richards noted that she and the other voyeurs on her bus worried both for the driver's safety and job security, riders lamenting that the breach would almost certainly translate to some kind of punishment. Still, the entire scene struck her as "amazing," she said. "You can't make this stuff up!"
East Rutherford police are less amused. The ERPD asks anyone with information, video or pictures to contact police headquarters at 201-438-0165.