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Burst money bag causes highway free-for-all in Oklahoma City

A bank bag that burst open on Interstate 40 near Meridian Avenue in Oklahoma City caused people to ditch their cars and scramble for the loose cash.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Published: October 25, 2011

“I guess the bag hit the road and it just exploded,” Altebaumer said. “We were so scared people were about to get hit or of a car pileup or something,” he said.

Altebaumer said a single $20 bill and four $2,000 bundle wrappers were all they were able to recover.

He guessed more than $30,000 dollars was in the bag, and that 20 to 30 people were making grabs at the free-flowing cash.

No claims made

After making the medical run, Oklahoma City police officers met the paramedics at Deaconess Hospital and took the report.

As of 8:30 p.m., nobody had claimed the money, Oklahoma City police Sgt. Gregory Driskill said.

“It just kills me to think that somebody lost this thing. What if somebody was taking this to a hospital to pay for their surgery?” Altebaumer said.

“Eventually, someone will call and report this money missing and, hopefully, it will get back to the rightful owner,” he said.