It was not exactly pennies from heaven, rather euros, but for drivers on a highway in the Netherlands it must have seemed like their lucky day.
When a money trunk fell out the back door of a transit van, and a following car subsequently drove over it, the road became showered with 10, 20, and 50-euro bills.
The unexpected windfall caused passing motorists to slam on the brakes; there followed an unseemly scramble to recover the cash.
Renske Hamming, a spokeswoman of the Zuid-Limburg Regional Police Force said: “According to our estimate, dozens of people stopped. This is a road that has only one traffic lane available, so people had to slow down anyway. And many hands make light work, so many people were picking it up.”
Dutch police battled for over an hour to clear traffic on the A2 near the town of Elsloo in the south of the country.
Apparently some people later brought back the money while others – perhaps not surprisingly – disappeared with it.
The police spokeswoman said those who did not turn in the cash face prosecution: “There’s a difference between finding something in the street, and stopping where you know a money transport lost one of its money safes. So in this case we’re talking about theft or embezzlement.”