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Truck with parts for turbine crashes

CISSNA PARK – A truck hauling a 101,000-pound piece of a wind turbine overturned in southern Iroquois County Tuesday evening.

Troopers from District 21 Illinois State Police responded to the crash at 6:14 p.m. Tuesday on Illinois 49, just south of Iroquois County Road 1120 North, about five miles north of Cissna Park, according to a news release.

The truck involved in the crash, a 2006 Peterbilt, was pulling two semi-trailers loaded with 101,000 pounds of building material for a windmill support base, the release said.

The vehicle was traveling south on Illinois 49 when one of the semi-trailers experienced a mechanical failure that led the driver of the truck to lose control of the vehicle, the release said.

The truck then left the road and overturned, coming to a rest on its passenger side in a nearby field.

No injuries were reported by the driver, Alfred Damm, 49, of Saint Cloud, Minn. No tickets were issued.

Trooper Ryan Wilson said he believes the truck was headed to the California Ridge Wind Farm, under construction in Vermilion County.