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Lorry carrying €1.5m wind turbine crashes in Donegal 

Credit:  Greg Harkin – 03 September 2013 | www.independent.ie ~~

A recovery operation is underway after a lorry carrying €1.5m wind turbine left a rural road in Co Donegal today.

The incident happened in the remote townland of Loughnagurragh, between the villages of Ardara and Glenties.

The 64-metre long turbine was being taken to a controversial wind farm at Loughderryduff to replace one which snapped and fell there in March.

The collapse of the turbine six months ago is still being investigated by the company which owns the site North West Wind Limited and the Danish makers of the turbines Vestas.

The turbines are supposed to have a lifespan of 25 years but the one which fell over during moderate weather had only been in place for just over four years.

Gardai say the road between Maas and Ardara is currently closed whilst cranes attempt to remove the lorry and its load from the field.

No-one from the wind farm company was available for comment.

The wind turbine which fell in Ardara, Co Donegal

The wind turbine which fell in Ardara, Co Donegal

Source:  Greg Harkin – 03 September 2013 | www.independent.ie

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