The collision caused the blade to impact with both the cattle trailer and the cab of the pilot vehicle. The pilot vehicle caught fire and was engulfed. The semi hauling the blade was also overturned.
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A serious crash took place on Wednesday morning at around 11 a.m. in Sundance involving a semi hauling a large wind turbine blade, which was was rounding the corner into the Port of Entry at the time of the incident.
A wind turbine that caught fire and sparked a wild fire northeast of Evanston, Wyoming. The turbine is one of the 80 Vestas 1.8 MW turbines (total 144 MW capacity) at the Wyoming Wind Energy Center. The facility is owned and operated by Nextera Energy Resources.
The 108 wind turbines would be between 5.45 nautical miles and 13.6 nautical miles north of the airport’s navigation reference point. ...if the “reported altimeter setting is different than the actual air pressure 5 or 10 miles from the airport” an avoidable accident could occur because the wind turbine would be only 56 feet below the navigation intersection.
This has been known to fry wind turbines. With snow, ice and frigid weather, winter creates complications for renewable energy, as I wrote last week. But for Ralph Brokaw, a Wyoming rancher with both cows and wind turbines on his land, the worst hazard is not the ice that his blades can throw off in the winter. Rather, it is lightning strikes on the towers.