A truck driver behind the wheel of a New England Patriots semi is on a critical mission to bring desperately needed medical masks to health care workers battling Coronavirus.
On Friday morning, multiple law enforcement agencies including the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), Rhode Island State Police, Connecticut State Police, New York State Police, and the New York Police Department are accompanying a semi truck filled with N95 masks to ensure that they reach their destination and get into the hands of healthcare workers who are battling Coronavirus.
According to MSP, the 1.2 million medical masks were flown in from China on Thursday using a plane and crew donated by New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft.
After touching down at Logan International Airport, some of the masks were taken to various hospitals in Massachusetts under escort from the Massachusetts National Guard and MSP.
Approximately 300,000 masks are being trucked to New York City in the Patriots tractor trailer.
MSP troopers will escort the semi on its entire journey from Gillette Stadium to New York City. They will be joined by Rhode Island State Police, Connecticut State Police, New York State Police, and the New York Police Department at various times along their journey.
The convoy made a stop in Connecticut around 10 a.m. on Friday morning and is expected to reach New York soon.
Transport of protective masks expected to reach Javits Center in NYC soon. Convoy just took last scheduled stop in CT prior to final approach to NYC. Scheduled stops are necessary to allow for logistics coordination w/local authorities to ensure shipment is ready to be received. pic.twitter.com/jYqDO10qGI
— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice) April 3, 2020