Huge wind turbine crushes truck on German autobahn (PHOTOS, VIDEO)
The accident happened at about 5am local time on the A33 autobahn, near the north-west German city of Bielefeld. The 62 meter-long (203ft) turbine blade was knocked across the whole width of the motorway when a truck ran into the back of the turbine transport vehicles.
The 61-year-old driver of the second truck was badly injured when the blade crushed the cab of his vehicle. “Half the lorry was crushed,” a police officer on the scene told Rheinische Post newspaper.
“For reasons not yet clarified, a 61 year old from Herzebrock-Clarholz first touched the accompanying vehicle with his truck. During his subsequent evasive maneuver, he drove onto the tip of the wind turbine wing,” police elaborated.
Hintergründe zur Vollsperrung: Schwerer Verkehrsunfall auf der BAB 33 mit 2 Verletzten und hohem Sachschaden https://t.co/BfsvXMovr3— Polizei NRW BI (@polizei_nrw_bi) May 16, 2017
Following the accident the autobahn was closed for a number of hours, causing tailbacks of up to 10km (6 miles) in length. Police estimated the material property damage to be about €460,000 (US$512,000).