Special Olympians from across Nebraska will join truckers from across the nation at the World's Largest Truck Convoy for Special Olympics event today at Smith Softball Complex.
On Saturday, drivers were lining up at 7 a.m. to register for the convoy at Smith Softball Complex, with Capt. Gene Boner and Officer Jason Haase leading a short tutorial on how the trucks were to line up for the convoy. Participating dignitaries included Hastings Chief of Police Pete Kortum and retired trucking safety director Gary Hanson.
An estimated 50 trucks from as far west as California and east as Florida hit the road at 10 a.m. sharp. They will utilize the left-hand lane on U.S. Highway 281 en route to Bosselman's.
Truckers Bob Ambler and his wife, Cindy, are owner/operators employed by Fremont Contract Carriers. They have joined in the convoy each of the past nine years.
"It's fun," Bob said. "It gives other people the attitude to get involved in stuff like this. It's just a good thing to do."