People’s Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after four trucks crash in Oklahoma: Anti-vaccine protesters in 100-vehicle, eight-mile long convoy raise more than £1.5 million as they continue to make their way to DC

  • Four trucks participating in the People's Convoy were involved in an accident in Oklahoma on Sunday 
  • State police said there were injuries, but it remains unclear how many and to what extent
  • The cause of the crash remains under investigation 
  • The People's Convoy has raised over £1.5million in donations to help drivers as they travel to D.C.
  • The group has called on President Joe Biden to end the national emergency originally declared at the start of the pandemic, as well as any remaining coronavirus mandates
  • They are expected to arrive in D.C. on March 5 where they will be met by other truck cavalcades
  • Federal authorities have prepared for their arrival by reinstalling fencing around the U.S. Capitol building and calling up additional police officers and the National Guard

By Natasha Anderson For Dailymail.Com

Published: 17:11, 28 February 2022 | Updated: 17:37, 28 February 2022

The People's Convoy traveling from California on an 11-day trek to Washington D.C. to protest COVID-19 mask and vaccine mandates hit a speed bump on Sunday after four trucks were involved in a crash in Oklahoma - but more than 100 vehicles are still making their way to the Capital after raising more than £1.5 million in donations. 

Two semis and two pickup trucks from the convoy collided on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Oklahoma around 5.30pm en route to Vinita, an Oklahoma city located west of the Missouri and Arkansas borders.

State police told KTUL the crash, which occurred about 15 miles west of the Big Cabin exit, resulted in injury. 

However it remains unclear at this time how many people were injured and the status of their conditions as the Oklahoma Highway Patrol did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com's request for comment.

The interstate was closed down for half an hour while officials addressed the accident. The cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

Meanwhile, the People's Convoy has raised over £1.5million in donations to help drivers as they travel to D.C.

The group has called on President Joe Biden to end the national emergency originally declared at the start of the pandemic, as well as any remaining coronavirus mandates.

The truckers allege the government has infringed upon their constitutional rights are being infringed. 

'That's the whole point of this, it's about freedom. Your freedom to choose what you feels is best for your life, within the morals and guidelines of our Constitution,' convoy participant Mike told KOCO Sunday.

The protest comes as nearly every state in America either has lifted mask orders or has scheduled a day to do so in the near future. Even the U.S. Capitol, which has had a controversial mask mandate since legislators returned in Summer 2020, lifted mask orders over the weekend. Vaccine mandates, possibly the most controversial Covid-related mandates, are starting to become a thing of the past as well.   

BIG CABIN, OK - FEBRUARY 28: The People's Convoy, parked at the Big Cabin Travel Plaza Monday morning, is heading to Missouri after hitting another road block along its cross-country route Sunday

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

VINITA, OK - FEBRUARY 27: Two semis and two pickup trucks from the convoy collided on the Will Rogers Turnpike in Oklahoma around 5.30pm en route to Vinita, Oklahoma. State police said the crash resulted in injury and caused the highway to shut down for 30 minutes. The vehicles involved in the crash are not pictured

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

VINITA, OK - FEBRUARY 27: The People's Convoy has received an outpour of support as it makes its cross-country journey to protest COVID-19 mandates. In addition to being met by supporters along the route, the has convoy raised over £1.5million in donations to help drivers as they travel to D.C.

The People's Convoy left Adelanto, California, about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, last Wednesday with more than two dozen 18-wheeler trucks and about 50 pickups and recreational vehicles.

It has since grown to include about 100 vehicles and spans a distance of eight miles, according to organizers.  

The group is expected to be joined by more than 20 other truck cavalcades, including ones leaving from Texas and Pennsylvania, when it arrives in D.C. 

Despite the accident in Oklahoma and previous delays - including inclement weather - that have impacted the convoy route, the People's Convoy is still scheduled to reach the capital city by March 5.

Kris Young, who is the admin for the group's Facebook page, claims the convoy is currently traveling along Interstate-44 as it heads for its next overnight stop in Cuba, Missouri. The group will participate in a midday rally in St. Robert, Missouri on Monday as well.

Another cross-country protest, known as the Freedom Convoy USA 2022, was instructed to abandon the campaign and merge with other larger anti-mandate groups racing toward the capital after the group arrived in Las Vegas Saturday with only five trucks in its ranks.

The disbanded group, which was named in solidarity with the 'Freedom Convoy' trucker protests that occurring in Canada over the past month, said they were expecting '1,000-2,000 truckers' prior to departing Los Angeles for the cross-country excursion.

Freedom Convoy USA was  set to make stops in Salt Lake City, Denver and other major cities before arriving in Washington on March 1, ahead of Biden's inaugural State of the Union address.

The group is set to meet up with the People's Convoy on Tuesday and Wednesday near Indianapolis.

Some truckers already connected with the group during its trek through Oklahoma.     

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

Despite the accident and previous delays - including inclement weather - that have impacted the convoy route, the People's Convoy is still scheduled to reach the capital city by March 5 

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

VINITA, OK - FEBRUARY 27: The People's Convoy will be met in D.C. by several other trucker caravans, including the now-disbanded group, Freedom Convoy USA 2022.

Freedom Convoy organizers instructed their campaign to join the People's Convoy in Oklahoma and Missouri after only five trucks were traveling in its ranks

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

BIG CABIN, OK - FEBRUARY 28: The People's Convoy left Adelanto, California, about 80 miles northeast of Los Angeles, last Wednesday with more than two dozen 18-wheeler trucks and about 50 pickups and recreational vehicles.

It has since grown to include about 100 vehicles and spans a distance of eight miles

Meantime, federal authorities are reinstalling fencing around the U.S. Capitol as Washington prepares for planned trucker protests.

Authorities have taken steps to protect Biden's State of the Union speech scheduled for Tuesday and to 'prevent any disruption to the important work of Congress,' U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said Sunday.

The fencing was previously installed after supporters of former President Donald Trump rampaged through the Capitol on Jan.

6, 2021, in a failed effort to block Congress from formally certifying his 2020 election loss to Biden. It was removed last July. 

The Pentagon has approved the deployment of 700 unarmed National Guard troops to Washington, D.C., to prepare for the convoys and assist with traffic control during any demonstrations.  

Earlier in the week, D.C. police nixed officers' leave this past week to prepare for the seemingly numerous caravans of protesters currently headed toward the capital, sources close to the D.C. police department revealed.

The department mobilized hundreds of officers to spearhead a large response plan against the convoys. 

According to an insider close to the department, forces of 500 officers formed each day the past week to form civil disturbance units set to quell the planned demonstrations, which are set to continue into March.   

Capitol Police have also prohibited leave and time off for all its able-bodied officers.   

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

BIG CABIN, OK - FEBRUARY 28: The People's Convoy has called on President Joe Biden to end the national emergency originally declared at the start of the pandemic, as well as any remaining coronavirus mandates. The truckers allege the government has infringed upon their constitutional rights are being infringed

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 27: Federal authorities are reinstalling fencing around the U.S. Capitol as Washington prepares for planned trucker protests

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 27: Authorities have taken steps to protect Biden's State of the Union speech scheduled for Tuesday and to 'prevent any disruption to the important work of Congress,' U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said Sunday

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

WASHINGTON, D.C. - FEBRUARY 27: A U.S. Capitol Police command vehicle is seen outside of the Capitol building

The planned protests come as pandemic related restrictions on Americans are starting to vanish, including in places with the strictest measures like New York City and Chicago. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new coronavirus guidelines on Friday that will lift mask recommendations for 70 percent of Americans. 

After weeks of dragging their feet on changing mask orders, the CDC revised how it calculates COVID risk for each county.

Instead of only counting cases, the agency will now heavily weigh hospitalization rate and hospital capacity in each U.S. county. 

Previously, 95 percent of U.S. counties, containing nearly every resident of the U.S., were considered to live in an area of 'high' or 'substantial' transmission. Under the new changes, now only 37 percent of counties, containing 28 percent of Americans, are under a mask recommendation. The 'substantial' classification was removed, and 40 percent of counties are considered to have 'medium' risk, and 23 percent are at 'low' risk.

The CDC had been under pressure in recent weeks to remove mask recommendations due to falling cases nationwide.

The agency was slow to move, though, with 49 of the 50 states - Hawaii being the outlier - setting plans to do away with face coverings even before the revised CDC guidelines. 

People's Convoy hits ANOTHER speed bump after trucks crash in Oklahoma

Per revised CDC guidelines, 70% of Americans no longer live under a mask recommendation

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Vaccine mandates, possibly the most controversial COVID-related mandates, are starting to become a thing of the past as well. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said Sunday that he will soon lift vaccine checks required for many entertainment and fitness venues. Employer mandates will remain in place for the time being, though.

Masks in schools are set to become a thing of the past in New York.

Gov Kathy Hochul - who had already lifted indoor mask orders earlier this month - removed the state's school mask mandate over the weekend. The change will go into effect on March 2.

Similarly, COVID cases are reaching a low point in America as the nation begins to move on from the winter Omicron wave and the pandemic in general. The U.S. only recorded 7,464 new infections of Sunday.

 While Sunday is always a day where the U.S. records less infections than others - many local health departments are closed on the day - this is the first time less than 10,000 cases were recorded on a single day since July 11 of last year.

Previous 'small' Sunday totals so far this year have been upwards of 70,000. 

The nation's daily case average has fallen to as low as 66,337 per day, a 34 percent decrease over the past week, and a whopping 91 percent fall from the 800,000 case per day record reached in mid-January.