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News of the Weird

Saturday May 18, 2002

Armored car spills 


PAGOSA SPRINGS, Colo. — For a region in the middle of a drought the roadside in this Colorado town looked mighty green. 

It was littered with more than $1 million, spilled when an armored car making a delivery to banks overturned along U.S. 160, about seven miles west of Pagosa Springs in southwest Colorado. 

The driver fell asleep and rolled the truck off the north side of the road Monday, said State Patrol Cpl. Randy Talbot. 

“A lot of change was on the ground, and bills and sacks,” he said. “There was a lot of money. It was in the millions. What took time was the $100,000 in loose coin.” 

A front-end loader was brought in to scoop up dirt so it could be sifted for coins. 

Onlookers were kept away from the site, though one unidentified person was seen briefly looking for coins in the dirt with a cigarette lighter.