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Turbine truck comes off the road at Barrhill  

Credit:  by Edwin Lawrence, Ayrshire Post, www.ayrshirepost.net 22 October 2010 ~~

It was chaos in the countryside when a truck carrying a 20-tonne windfarm cargo came off the road.

The accident occurred on the A714 south of Barrhill, and the road was out of commission for most of the day.

The truck slid off the road around 8.55am on Wednesday last week, and it took a crane and other vehicles to get it back on the tarmac.

Traffic was diverted from Girvan, down the A77 coast road, and then inland to Colmonell.

Local traffic around Barrhill was put on to the B7027 Knowe road.

It was 2pm before the truck – carrying hubs for rotor blades – was moved.

But there was still work to be done, as grass verges were badly cut up.

South Ayrshire Council’s Mike Newall said: “As soon as we were alerted to the possibility of road damage on the A714 as a result of this accident, we responded immediately to assess the extent of the repairs.

“Although the road surface suffered minimal damage, extensive repairs were required to the verges on both sides and this was undertaken as soon as the wind farm machinery had been cleared from the area.

“The safety of all road users and of our repair employees is of paramount importance to us and, for the length of time in which the repair work was undertaken, the A714 remained closed, with effective diversions in place along the A77 and through Colmonell.”

Source:  by Edwin Lawrence, Ayrshire Post, www.ayrshirepost.net 22 October 2010

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