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Trucker protest: No major incidents reported

Rebecca Armerann of Gainesville protests the government shutdown on the I-95 overpass on Cowan Boulevard on Friday morning. She is from the group called Virginia State Patriots.

State Police issued the following release regarding this morning’s planned trucker protest on area highways:

UPDATE: (10:34 a.m.) – At approximately 10:15 a.m., about a dozen or so tractor-trailers just returned to Virginia via westbound lanes of the Inner Loop. They’re traveling with the flow of traffic, which is slow due to the heavy volume and weather conditions. Still no incidents to report.

“At about 7 a.m. Friday, roughly 30 commercial vehicles sporting U.S. flags headed northbound from the Dumfries Scales on Interstate 95 to begin their convoy travels. Approximately 15 pickup trucks sporting U.S. flags and the hash tag placards left from the Doswell truck stop in [Hanover] County headed north on Interstate 95. The trucks were traveling in the far right lane and proceeding with traffic.

“At about 8 a.m., the 30 tractor-trailers crossed over into Maryland on I-495.

“At about 8:50 a.m., four commercial vehicles began driving side-by-side across all four northbound lanes of I-495 on the Inner Loop slowing traffic to 15 mph. Virginia State Police stopped the four tractor-trailers at the 53 mile marker (Fairfax County) and warned them not to impede traffic. No summons/ticket was issued. The tractor-trailers were then allowed to proceed on their way.

“At this point, there have no major incidents reported as a result of the convoys.”