Cash on Highway 99 in Madera causes traffic hazard

The Fresno BeeMay 9, 2014 

No, it wasn't an insurance commercial with the motorcyclist shedding dollars off his skin onto Highway 99 near Madera on Friday.

But there were dozens of $1 bills flying around the freeway near Madera Community Hospital, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The money in the road was first reported just after 3:30 p.m. CHP Sgt. John Johnson said officers had not found whose vehicle was raining $1 bills on the freeway, but he suspects it was someone with a vending machine business whose money bag or shoe box may have inadvertently opened.

"Our officer went to the scene and he didn't see any when he got there," Johnson said. "It wasn't like the road was covered in paper."

He said the CHP was continuing to get sporadic calls about $1 bills on the side of the road or in the center divider a little after 4 p.m.

"Our unit went on scene and there were cars stopped," Johnson said. "It's definitely not worth getting hit by a car to scoop up $10 or $15."

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6166, mbenjamin@fresnobee.com or @beebenjamin on Twitter.

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