Highway shut down for nearly an hour after backpack of cash dropped from car, people race to scoop up flying money


WARREN COUNTY, OH – According to a report from Fox News, drivers in the state of Ohio stopped on the highway to scoop up cash that had been spilled onto the road.

Christmas came early for drivers on Interstate 71 (I-71) when around 3:45 p.m. on Tuesday, November 29th, several cars pulled over, got out of their vehicles and grabbed cash money that was on the ground of the interstate.

Dispatches from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) told deputies in the field that there were reports of money on the highway near I-71 and SR-48.

In addition to WCSO deputies heading to the scene, Ohio State Police also responded to assist because traffic was backed up due to the amount of people stopped and grabbing the cash.

As of this writing, it is still unclear as to how the money ended up on the highway, but county dispatchers said they received reports of a backpack of cash getting tossed from a vehicle.

WCSO is taking the lead on this ongoing investigation. Video obtained from the Ohio Department of Transportation shows people on the highway, including law enforcement, attempting to pick up the cash from the road. Watch below:

According to the DailyMail.com, the chaotic scene put hundreds of trucks and cars at a standstill and closed the Interstate for nearly an hour.

Kathleen Fuller, a spokesperson with the Ohio State Department of Transportation said that their department closed the southbound side for a bout 45 minutes to an hour.

She said that the State Highway patrol was on site to make the physical closure and remained on scene. Fuller said:

“Cars pulled off to the side of the roadway and people were getting out of their cars to pick up the cash.”

She added:

“We have no idea who it was dropped from a car, from a truck, we don’t know.”

According to reports, back in October, robbers made it rain in cash on a Chilean highway during a police chase.

Surveillance video shows the suspects tossing a dark bag from a blue Chevrolet Sail barreling down the highway as they were chased by cops in a hot pursuit following the robbery in a gambling hall in the city of Pudahuel.


In the footage, one of the police cars can be seen running over the bag, ripping it open and blanketing the lanes with Chilean pesos.

Officers in other vehicles further back in the case stopped traffic on the three-lane highway and attempted to collect as much money as they could. However, some of it was blown away or picked up by bystanders.

Police later arrested six suspects. According to local media, the thieves swiped nearly 10 million Chilean pesos, or $10,300 in American money.

In Des Moines, Iowa, police are looking for a suspect who allegedly took a Uber to a bank to commit a robbery, then later carjacked the Uber driver. Police said that the suspect did have a gun. Sgt. Paul Parizek said:

“The unique thing about this is it does look like he Ubered to the scene, Ubered away and then robbed the Uber driver of his car. So, we’ve got some good leads there just from the amount of contact he’s had with people.”

Police said that no one was injured during the robber and that the Uber driver is OK. The investigation remains ongoing.

In Clive, Iowa, police are asking the public for their help in finding a suspect after a man allegedly robbed a bank on Wednesday, November 30th, before escaping on foot into a wooded area along the Greenbelt Trail.

Police were dispatched to First Interstate Bank in the 13100 block of Hickman Road at 10:18 a.m. Witnesses said a suspect jumped over a counter then ordered employees to open a safe at gunpoint.

The suspect the took an undisclosed amount of money and ran south from the bank into a wooded area.

The suspect has been described as a white male with a larger build. He was last seen wearing a ski mask, goggles, and “Carhart-style” jacket and pants. Anyone with any information on the robbery is encouraged to call the Clive Police Department at 515-867-5017.

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