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Wind turbine crashes to the ground

Updated fredag 25 december 2015 kl 11.19
Published fredag 25 december 2015 kl 10.21
"We don't know why it fell over"
(0:54 min)
Photo: Erik Karlsson
The wind turbine crashed on Christmas Eve, Photo: Erik Karlsson

After a wind turbine collapsed and broke on the ground Thursday, the wind power station outside Vetlanda has been closed.

The reason the 185 meter tall turbine crashed to the ground is uncertain, and while operators Stena Renewable are investigating, the other 31 turbines at the station have been closed down.

“We don’t know why it fell over,” Stena Renewable’s CEO Peter Zackrisson tells Swedish Radio News. “The winds haven’t been stronger than the turbine’s maximum specifications.”

The first to discover the crashed turbine was local resident Erik Karlsson, who was working in the local forest.

“”I was working during the morning,” he told Swedish Radio News, and around 11:00 AM I heard a loud noise. Then I was parts of a wind turbine lying on the road.”

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