It sounded like a big deal and then was called a hoax. And then revived.

The much-talked about truckers protest that had been expected by some nervous commuters to halt Beltway traffic Friday may not have turned out as big as planned.

It was unclear exactly how many truck drivers were out on the roadways in protest. Even state police officials in Maryland and Virginia said they had a tough time by mid-morning keeping tabs on the truckers — some of whom had American flags and signs on their vehicles.

We reached Gen. Lee (a.k.a Ernest Lee of Bullhead, Ariz.) and Tom Lacovara of Woodbury, N.J., who were driving around the Beltway Friday morning while they were at a pit stop near Interstate 95 in College Park.