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Experimental wind turbine near Hooker collapses

Crews work on a collapsed experimental wind turbine Monday. Wind speeds were not excessive when the turbine collapsed, although no explanation has yet been given as to what caused the device to collapse. Courtesy photo

No details have been released yet as to what caused a wind turbine to collapse Monday afternoon east of Hooker, Okla.

The turbine, which is owned by Tri-County-Electric Cooperative, was under research and development by Barber Wind.

A post on Tri-County’s Facebook page said the situation is being assessed and evaluated at this time.

“We are not able to release any additional details,” the post said.

Officials with TCEC could not be reached as of press time for more information.