Thursday morning might mark the first time a New Jersey commuter preferred to be in a “cash lane.”
The East Rutherford Police Department said an armored truck spilled cash along the westbound lanes of Route 3 at about 8:30 a.m. — right during the peak of the morning rush hour.
The incident took place near Metlife Stadium, right outside of New York City.
In videos posted to social media, motorists can be seen leaving their cars as they scramble to grab the cash from travel lanes.
“$5, 20, everything,” someone could be heard saying in a video posted by Sabrina Quagliozzi. “Look at the accidents. Wow.”
Police said “multiple” crashes were reported in the area due to people attempting to grab the cash. Travel also screeched to a halt as people got out of their cars.
Betsy Richards, a Montclair resident, was on a NJ Transit bus into New York City, and told NorthJersey.com she saw a man in a Brinks uniform was also running through traffic trying to collect the money.
“People were saying, ‘he’s definitely going to get fired,'” she told the news outlet. “It’s Christmas for some and the loss of a job for another.”
The incident remains under investigation, according to police. Anyone with information or videos of the incident is asked to contact authorities at 201-438-0165