Convoy of truckers head back to Capital Beltway

The People’s Convoy, a group of truckers and others who circled the Capital Beltway twice on Sunday headed back on Monday.

They’re back.

The People’s Convoy, a group of truckers and others who circled the Capital Beltway twice on Sunday hit the gas, the price of which is rising dramatically amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, again Monday.

The group did not provide a schedule for its plans, but they’re allegedly protesting COVID-19 restrictions, despite the fact that many restrictions are no longer in place.

Around noon, the convoy was on Interstate 70 headed east, nearing Interstate 270 South. WTOP’s Traffic reports that there aren’t nearly as many participants as Sunday – roughly half Sunday’s show.

WTOP Traffic said they were slowing traffic from Hagerstown to Frederick.

It is not known what impact, if any, the truckers will have on Beltway traffic.

The group on Sunday left Hagerstown, Maryland, around 9:30 am and took around two hours to reach the Beltway. The truckers finished their two laps at 3:45 pm

WTOP Traffic said Sunday the convoy that consisted of truckers, SUVs with trailers and cars caused congestion at some points during their trip to DC and back to Hagerstown. Those cheering on the convoy from overpasses also caused traffic to slow in some spots.

The convoy mostly traveled in the center lanes of the Beltway on Sunday. WTOP Traffic reports that once the participating vehicles got onto Interstate-495, some got separated from the group.

At least five accidents happened as the group circled, WTOP Traffic reports. It’s unclear if any of those accidents involved convoy participants.

Protest organizers told The Washington Post that they would loop the Beltway twice every day for a week until their demands are met.

The convoy’s website says they want to “Restore Our Nation’s Constitution,” though what that has to do with the US COVID-19 response is unclear.

The convoy is protesting COVID-19 restrictions and wants to see an end to the national emergency that former President Donald Trump put in place on March 13, 2020. The national emergency remains in place. The truckers are also asking Congress to investigate the government’s handling of the pandemic.

It’s also trying to raise money. A donations tracker said that as of Sunday, the group has raised $ 1.6 million of it’s $ 5 million goal. What that money will be used for isn’t explicitly stated.

Route truckers took Sunday

  • Turn left onto Route 40 to Interstate-81 south to I-70 east to I-270 south to I-495 south.
  • Loop the Beltway two times and then drive back to Hagerstown Speedway from Interstate-495 to I-270 north to I-70 west to I-81 north to (Exit 5B).
  • Stop at the AC & truck stop to refuel.
  • Drive I-81N one exit to Route 40 (Exit 6B) to the Hagerstown Speedway.

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