Panhandle prepares for ‘People’s Convoy’ supporters to cross I-40, heading for DC

AMARILLO, Texas (KFDA) – Thousands of truckers and citizens calling themselves “The People’s Convoy” are heading to Washington DC and will pass through Amarillo.

A group of American truckers have begun a cross-country drive in California that will head east to the nation’s capital, to protest COVID-19 restrictions and other freedoms, inspired by recent protests seen in Canada.

Several groups in Amarillo have planned to welcome the truckers when they pass.

“We just want to give them as much support as possible, as many people to show them they’re supported, it’s kind of a historic event and it’s pretty cool to drive through town,” Crystal Venters said, resident of Amarillo.

US Congressional candidate Tyler Lee of North Carolina decided to stand with the truckers and join the convoy.

“Each overpass since we started, I’ve traveled almost 900 miles, each overpass has hundreds of people waving flags and banners and signs, we go to restaurants and people come and hug us and cry, it’s it’s amazing to see the support and hope we’re giving people in these darker times and this convoy is for them,” Lee said.

Amarillo also supports truckers through donations.

An Amarillo resident collected food and drove to the TX/NM state line Friday night to drop off the donations, as truckers rolled into the Lone Star State.

“I just wanted to support them and do whatever I could to help, I can’t feed a thousand truckers, but I know a thousand people who could feed one,” Kimmi McCarrell said.

Other fundraisers will take place on Saturday morning.

Porch Swing Kettle Corn will be picked up at the Olive Garden on I-40 between 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

Donations will also be collected at the Amarillo Travel Information Center at I-40 and Airport Blvd between 8 a.m. and 9:30 a.m.

The Amarillo Police Department is also preparing for security.

“Our main objective is simply to keep traffic flowing as smoothly as possible, while allowing this group to express their right to protest.”

sergeant. Burr says additional patrols will be out and DPS will be on the highway as well.

“We want it to be safe for everyone involved and we also want it to be safe for people who are just trying to go about their daily lives, we want to make sure it’s successful on both sides,” said the Sgt. Burr, APD.

Groups say the convoy will stop in Amarillo between 11:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.

They will stop in town between The Big Texan and Starlight Ranch, the tour will last approximately one hour.

They will set up at a few different overpasses on I-40:

  • I-40 overpass at S Avondale St/Olsen Blvd with parking at 5005 I-40
  • I-40 overpass at Bell St with parking at 2200 Bell

For more information on Saturday’s events, the groups invite you to join their Facebook groups:

  • People’s Convoy Support – I-40
  • Support the convoy of truckers of the peoples!

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