INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA — Talk about making it rain! Although someone probably got fired, this was one accident where the public cashed out. Here are the details.
According to Fox-59, Indiana State Police (ISP) are asking those who found loose money on Interstate 70, Wednesday, to return it.
The source mentions that the chaotic movie-like scene unfolded around 9 a.m. It happened in Interstate 70’s westbound traffic, near Holt Road.
Reportedly, the situation occurred when the back security door came flying open.
— ABC6 (@wsyx6) May 3, 2018
“Bags of money were falling out of the back onto the interstate,” ISP Corporal Brock McCooe explains. “Sort of something out of a movie scene, where you have bills, loose bills flying all over the interstate, vehicles stopping, people getting out of their cars.”
Specifically, state troopers initially said up to $600,000 had flown across the interstate. However, later, police recanted that statement by saying the exact amount was unknown.
DRIVER DIDN’T EVEN KNOW THOUGH…
According to the report, the Brinks driver told state authorities that another driver flagged him down and pointed to the back of his truck; THAT‘s when the driver realized the door was wide open and blowing in the wind.
NOTE: Shouldn’t there have been some kind of internal chime or something going off, letting him know the back door was open? You know he’s probably fired. Smh.
With that in mind, the source reports that it’s not known whether the money incident was the result of mechanical failure, or human error.
However, some people have chalked it up to the several upon several ugly roadway conditions plaguing the city.
Twitter commentator P. Grizzley mentions:
“Lmao why I see a Facebook post that said ‘I bet the city of Indianapolis will fix them potholes now since that brinks truck hit one and dropped that $600k.'”
Nevertheless, at the scene, troopers say people were jumping over fences from the adjacent neighborhood to stuff their pockets with money.
“I guess it’s not every day you see thousands of dollars just floating around on the interstate during your morning commute,” McCooe said. “So it was pretty chaotic.”
Yet, although it’s a rare occurrence, McCooe said taking money from the scene is considered theft.
If you’re interested in footage from the scene, the video is located below.
Wow! Police ask public to return money after Brinks truck dumps cash on I-70! Almost 600,000 in Indianapolis, Indiana ??? pic.twitter.com/N5EUavy6ve
— ChangeofplanZ ??? (@ChangeofplanZ1) May 2, 2018
USE ‘GOOD CONSCIENCE’, POLICE SAY…
As stated in the aforementioned video, police are specifically looking for a school bus driver who stopped to grab cash before driving away from the scene.
Too, officers are also looking for four persons in a white pickup truck with attached utility trailer. Reportedly, this group left the scene with a WHOLE bag.
The police department tells the public they’re searching for anyone who stopped to pick up cash. They can be charged with theft, according to authorities.
State police have also mentioned they’re already receiving tips with license place numbers from people who stopped to pick up the money.
In addition, they’re getting calls from people who wish to turn in money they found along the interstate.
For anyone else wishing to do the same, authorities encourage them to call Indiana State Police at 317-899-8577.
“If you’re willing to, in good conscience, turn it back in, there’s amnesty; there’s no real questions asked if you’re willing to give it back.” ISP Corporal Brock McCooe.
Police: Can you pretty please please return the money that fell out of the brinks truck?
— How You Settle For One Damn Dollar? (@SheLoveTheG) May 3, 2018
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