Trucker convoy to Washington, DC expected through Eastern Panhandle

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A convoy of truckers is heading across the country to protest vaccine and mask mandates in Washington D.C.. They could be close enough to the Eastern Panhandle this week to impact traffic.

“They are protesting the mask mandates, vaccine mandates. There are a lot of people losing their job because companies are mandating vaccinations to their employees. Hats off to those truckers that are coming this way,” local truck driver Sean Gillaspie told the Eastern Panhandle News Network.

Gillaspie says the company he drives for has no vaccine or mask mandates, but he supports what he says will be a peaceful protest.

Cities like nearby Hagerstown, Maryland are receiving regional intel about what could be coming up the road.

Washington County Sheriff Doug Mullendore received notification that the “People’s Convoy Northeast Route” is one of the convoys organizing online and gathering supporters in several Northeast states, including Maryland.

In addition to the convoy, the notification to the sheriff says supporters are organizing “Overpass Events” or “Roadside Events,” where they plan to organize with signs and other means of showing support to the convoy as they travel along their routes.

The communiqué says convoys of 200-300 vehicles moved through Texas and Oklahoma “without significant issues, incidents, criminal activity or impact to public safety or roadways.”

“It will be a peaceful demonstration but of course, D.C. has to make it look like it’s ugly,” Gillaspie said.

The timing of any inbound truck convoys through Maryland to the DC/Baltimore area is unclear right now, as some have already started their journey east while others may not head out until Wednesday according to the information shared with the Sheriff on Sunday.





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