Wind farm equipment shuts down Interstate 25 in Colorado

The Colorado Department of Transportation is working to reopen I-25 in Pueblo. The accident has several lanes of the highway shut down between Abriendo and Central avenues.

A semi was involved in an accident. A large piece of equipment from the Vestas wind farm fell onto the road. Large equipment has been brought in to remove the load.

Photo: KRDO-TV


h/t to WUWT reader “littlepeaks”.


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October 18, 2017 3:12 pm

Nice work, people. Give that man a payroll deduction!

October 18, 2017 3:18 pm

Pure unadulterated schadenfreude.

October 18, 2017 3:24 pm

Good thing that didn’t drop onto a steeper grade slope and/or go perpendicular. A giant metal rolling pin making pancakes of every car in its path wouldn’t be very funny, no matter how much it would look like a cartoon.

Nigel S
Reply to  drednicolson
October 18, 2017 3:35 pm

Wonder if the Tesla autopilot is programmed to avoid that?

October 18, 2017 3:30 pm

like trees and poles?

Reply to  probono
October 18, 2017 4:36 pm

That’s a teeeensy bit bigger than your average fallen tree or power pole.

October 18, 2017 3:32 pm

I trust nobody was hurt.
Inconvenience from a bit of kit that will, most likely, never produce the energy needed to manufacture it, transport it, install it, maintain it, and then decommission it.
Even without the accident.

But – hey – virtue signalling is a virtue in and of itself.
We are told.
Was this kit on its way to Governor Moonbeam’s Californian paradise?


Tom in Denver
October 18, 2017 3:36 pm

Well, at least it’s not slicing up red tail hawks in that position

Bill Illis
October 18, 2017 3:38 pm
Reply to  Bill Illis
October 18, 2017 3:51 pm

wowza! Geat pic thats worth 1,000 words!!!

Reply to  Bill Illis
October 18, 2017 4:38 pm


Don Gleason
Reply to  Bill Illis
October 18, 2017 5:11 pm

That one’s in Germany— look at the road signs.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Don Gleason
October 19, 2017 1:09 am

If they were headed for Colorado, that’s the second wrong turn they made.

Crispin in Waterloo
Reply to  Don Gleason
October 19, 2017 5:26 am

Should have made that left turn in Albuquerque.

Rhoda R
Reply to  Bill Illis
October 18, 2017 11:30 pm

I don’t even see how the accident occurred. And I don’t suppose the driver of the blue truck enjoyed his day either.

Mike McMillan
Reply to  Rhoda R
October 19, 2017 1:33 am

Internet search says the blade tip speed can be well over 100 mph. The driver failed to take that into account and turned too tightly.

Reply to  Bill Illis
October 20, 2017 5:18 am

notice that “MAN” got smashed.
how symbolic.

john harmsworth
October 18, 2017 3:44 pm

I hope they get it moved before the solar powered streetlights go out and the Teslas backed up on the highway start to go dead.

October 18, 2017 4:07 pm

To be fair, it’s one screw up in the transportation of tens of thousands of these things.

More credit to the guys that are transporting them than to the idiotic technology itself.

Reply to  HotScot
October 18, 2017 6:10 pm

I’m with you HotScot. As an avid WUWT daily reader, I think this post cheapens the excellent contribution that this blog makes.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  katio1505
October 18, 2017 7:56 pm

In the State of WA, 56,000 pounds of apples spilled on the road/roadside this week.
Such things are rare, and that makes them newsworthy.
Sometimes funny. Sometimes deadly. If one enjoys life, always interesting.
Makes for common links between Germany and Colorado. Great.

Reply to  katio1505
October 19, 2017 9:03 am

Agreed, John. The news has stories on onion trucks spilling, cattle trucks rolling and cattle loose, etc. I don’t think farmers get upset by those. It’s a consequence of transporting loads over the road.

Bruce Cobb
October 18, 2017 4:10 pm

Oopsie daisy.

Mr Bliss
October 18, 2017 4:41 pm

You never get coal-fired power plants falling onto the road like that

Reply to  Mr Bliss
October 19, 2017 3:24 am
Reply to  Chris
October 19, 2017 9:03 am

Except that’s by rail. Coal isn’t hauled in trucks—it weighs too much.

Reply to  Chris
October 20, 2017 9:30 am

It caused a highway to be shut down. Same impact. Train derailments have big impacts as well when they happen.

October 18, 2017 4:48 pm

WTFH happened here? I don’t understand how this thing is apparently on top of that unfortunate truck? Was it standing near the Rd vertically to fall and land on the truck like that? If so, I reapeat, WTFH? How could anyone in their right mind stand one of these things up within falling range of a highway? Or did something else entirely happen?
The guy in that truck was damn lucky. What have we come to? A decade ago in Australia we had the Howard-Costello Fed Gov. and were in surplus and business was booming, with tax relief of some sort announced in every budget . Every budget met or exceeded Gov. targets etc, etc. Then the loony tunes media pumped up the notion that it was time for a change….and we sure as hell got it. We are now in just as terrible a fiscal situation as you, maybe worse insomuch as we are facing blackouts in Sydney this summer and power prices that will bankrupt the scant remains of our once enviable industries. Small corner cake shops with the likes of $20,000 a quarter power bills etc. My personal power bill for the last quarter was $750, for just me….and I get some Gov. assistance because I am disabled due to immune condition. 10 years ago before renewable subsides it was well under $300 and more towards $200-$250.
So America, this is what is in store for you if you don’t nip this in the bud. The prices change awfully quickly once they start, we are facing a disaster. Hopefully this will sharpen up the idiots that thought it was “Time for a change.” It is incredibly important for a society to vote in sane manner. Cheers, guys, support your Trumpster, wish we had someone like that here. We will be turning in large numbers to the conservative independents that have sprung to the fore…have a look at the new-ish Cory Bernadi Party online to see a proper Australian conservative speak what we all know is common sense.

John F. Hultquist
Reply to  Bill5150
October 18, 2017 8:06 pm

Both in CO and Germany there are traffic accidents.
Not standing tower failures.
See my comment about an apple truck spilling its load. @7:56

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Bill5150
October 18, 2017 8:14 pm

“Bill5150 October 18, 2017 at 4:48 pm

A decade ago in Australia we had the Howard-Costello Fed Gov. and were in surplus and business was booming, with tax relief of some sort announced in every budget.”

Not sure businesses were booming but it was Howard who enabled and persuaded the states to privatise state owned power utilities and set a RET at 2%. So he, fundamentally and along with the govn’t fiddling since, set the wheels in motion that has lead to the situation with energy costs today.

Samuel C Cogar
Reply to  Bill5150
October 19, 2017 10:14 am

WTFH happened here? I don’t understand how this thing is apparently on top of that unfortunate truck? Was it standing near the Rd vertically to fall and land on the truck like that? If so, I reapeat, WTFH? How could anyone in their right mind stand one of these things up within falling range of a highway? Or did something else entirely happen?
The guy in that truck was damn lucky.

Looks to me like the green tractor hauling the turbine tower didn’t have “flag” vehicles for traffic control …….. and when said “green tractor” driver turned onto the “exit” lane of the freeway, autobahn, whatever, …….. the top (rear) end of the turbine tower QUICKLY flipped around “blocking” both lanes of the roadway and the driver of the “blue tractor” in the outside lane was going too fast to stop in time and thus collided with the turbine tower.

Reply to  Samuel C Cogar
October 19, 2017 12:40 pm

It doesn’t look like it in the photo but it’s actually a blade, not the tower itself. The German link has more pictures from different angles:

October 18, 2017 5:09 pm

I saw that, and am waiting for something about it on the evening news. Not meaning to be supercilious, but it does emphasize the utter silliness of this entire business.

This shouldn’t be happening at all.

Reply to  Sara
October 18, 2017 5:28 pm

To Sara, Amen to that and you don’t sound supercilious to me, I would just remove the word silliness and insert insanity, but it sure is silly for sure…supersillyness ha ha.

Reply to  Sara
October 18, 2017 7:41 pm

They actually could serve some purpose. If the towers were stripped of the blades and a nesting platform mounted on them, a lot of raptors like eagles and hawks would roost and start families there.

If you think about it, when the blades crash and motors burn out in a windstorm, the towers themselves don’t fail. Just look at it as another form of recycling. We owe to the birds and the bats.

Snarling Dolphin
October 18, 2017 5:15 pm

This just goes to show that tearing down wind turbines and using them to build the wall would be a total repurposing win win. Can’t drive through ’em, can’t climb over ’em.

October 18, 2017 6:24 pm

Interstate 25. That ain’t much; not like it’s route 66 or, just 60 or, 40. Just sayin’, as the saying goes.

October 18, 2017 6:29 pm

It looks like Wind Power is moving on from killing birds and bats en masse, to killing people on the road, even before the monstrosities are erected.

October 18, 2017 9:52 pm

I-25 carries lots of wind turbine parts. Railroad alongside highway carries far more.

I always get nervous when passing the blades on my way from Denver south.

First time I have heard of such an accident. Much more concerned about the damage done once the turbine is installed; birds, bats, etc.

Peta of Newark
October 19, 2017 1:59 am

Look deeper – look for the (over) reaction to the accident.
Maybe different in the US from the UK where – a black plastic bag was spotted, by an alert member of the public, near or under a bridge over the M1 motorway and just north of London. It was on the hard shoulder, safe and out of the way.
(The M1 being a not insignificant stretch of road joining London with all places ‘North of Watford’ – Watford being the border between supposed civilisation (to the south) and heathens of the north)

Somehow we got to learn that this plastic sack contained a 5 gallon plastic container of ‘something corrosive’
We were told no more.
To my mind, a bottle of brick/cement cleaner fallen off a builders truck.

The precautionary principle and safety safety safety saw the the biggest busiest road in the UK closed *completely* for 14 hours while legions of bomb-squad, anti-terror, sniffer-dogs, thermal helicopters, fire-engines, ambulances and teams of anti-riot rozzers gathered up a 5 gallon (intact and un-spilled) of brick cleaner. Off the ‘hard shoulder’ where nobody drives, not doing any harm there.

Climate Change is a touted reason for not building new roads and using the ‘hard shoulders’ to drive upon – creating an extra lane of traffic. Fine. Good, Nice. ish

But then, somebody would have hit that 5 gallon bottle of brick cleaner acid – then what?
Maybe a genuine reason for a (minor) panic.

And you thought windmills, solar panels, Elon Musk, diesel cars and Grenfell Tower were an over reaction to climate change.

I did wonder about self driving cars and trucks – how would the computer cope.
We know from seeing freeze-frame pictures of projectile vomit (climate prediction graphs and you knew that that ‘projection’ word would get them sometime ;-D

So one might wonder, do theses super computers now have lines of code such as:

Line 97 IF “load falls off’ THEN…..

Inquiring minds might wonder THEN WHAT
What would the computer do then?

Or like the projecting they’re currently capable, maybe supercomputers are able to “soil their own underwear”

Isn’t science fantastic

October 19, 2017 7:44 am

That thing could take out a lot of Priuses at once or several months worth of Tesla production.

October 19, 2017 9:55 am

Vestas Towers made news in Colorado with industrial accidents and workers complaints about illness caused by exposure to resin chemicals in blade manufacturing.

The involvement of local and state politicians in bringing Vestas “green jobs” to northern Colorado has been highly publicized.

The link is dead to the referred article about the investigation in the Fort Collins Coloradoan and I could not find it by searching the paper.

October 19, 2017 12:50 pm

Wonder how much extra CO2 emissions are indirectly caused by transportation of these huge pieces due to the affect on other traffic. We once had to be diverted off 58 (across the Mojave) through surface streets as the road was closed due to transporting of a turbine tower.

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