Windmill blade -1, Semi -0

Semi/Wind Turbine Accident

Whoops! Is kind of difficult to see ....but a semi was hauling a blade for a large windmill, making a left turn...and the rear portion of said blade (tip) hangs out over the end of the wheels...and another semi behind him, apparently in a big rush, attempted to turn right BEFORE the blade cleared the intersection, and the 2nd semi's trailer got lodged underneath...ripping the top of the trailer, and getting them all STUCK...call in crane, to lift blade off top of 2nd semi. Ya think he's gonna have a job after today? This happened in Dubuque, IA, near the Sara Lee bakery, and Cort Winegard is the photographer

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jody adler says ... on Wednesday, Aug 17 at 3:02 PM

the 2nd semi driver didnt care about nobody else but himself. Its his fault the he got the roof raised. He will have to pay for the blade of the windmill then that delays the put up of the windmill how stupid can he get

duh says ... on Wednesday, Aug 17 at 3:14 PM

its a wind "turbine". windmills are in denmark and don't generate electricity.

crnative says ... on Wednesday, Aug 17 at 3:45 PM

Actually, who decided when to use the term windmill vs turbine? According to Websters, a windmill includes "a wind-driven water pump or electric generator" so it sounds like that name would fit to me.

Alda says ... on Thursday, Aug 18 at 3:38 AM

The windmills referred to in the earlier comment are in the Netherlands. Denmark pioneered wind turbines for generating electricity nearly 100 years ago when the first commercial one began operating.

Doug Smith says ... on Friday, Aug 19 at 10:08 PM

It was my brother.He was making a right turn and while checking his right side mirror the semi hauling the blade decided to stop in the intersection. where was the pilot car?? isnt it supposed to be behind the oversided load?? jody, he does care!

Gary Kerr says ... on Sunday, Aug 21 at 7:03 PM

We saw these 3 wind turbine blades being transported east on I-80. they were HUGE, way too big to be on the roads in the first place! Just an accident waiting to happen. And it did, just 2-3 hours hours down the road in Dubuque.

Matt says ... on Friday, Aug 26 at 10:21 AM

How do you expect these windmills to get where they need to be?

Dragynl8y says ... on Monday, Aug 29 at 8:00 AM

Commenting on someone else's pictures when you don't know the reason for the mishap, isn't a good time to call someone stupid. Just seeing the result and then commenting doesn't win friends with nasty opinions of their character. Think 1st.

Anonymous52240 says ... on Tuesday, Aug 30 at 9:43 PM

DID SOMEONE SAY RAISE DA' ROOF?!?

SM1969 says ... on Tuesday, Oct 4 at 9:12 AM

It would appear that we have some aspiring accident investigators in our midst. I hope that the true investigators can get to the cause of the accident and act appropriately rather than make assumptions based on poor resolution, wide-angle shot.

DictionaryDude says ... on Tuesday, Oct 4 at 9:15 AM

"Windmill" would be a misnomer. The "mill" would be for grinding grain. The american farm "windmill" is actually a "windpump", and generating electricity (a misnomer in itself) uses a "wind turbine".

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