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


Pure unadulterated schadenfreude.


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

Wonder if the Tesla autopilot is programmed to avoid that?

like trees and poles?


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


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

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

Bill Illis

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



Don Gleason

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

Mike McMillan

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

Crispin in Waterloo

Should have made that left turn in Albuquerque.

Rhoda R

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

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.


notice that “MAN” got smashed.
how symbolic.

john harmsworth

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.

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.


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

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.


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

Oopsie daisy.

Mr Bliss

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


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


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


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

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

“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

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.

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:


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.


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.


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

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.

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

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.

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

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


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

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.


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.