Trailer towing 70 ton turbine rolls, blocking Hwy 126 exit in Springfield

EUGENE, Ore. -- A semi-trailer loaded with a nearly 70 ton turbine rolled while taking the Highway 126 exit to 42nd Street in Springfield on Wednesday morning, blocking the exit to westbound drivers for most of the day.

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced the closure at around 5:20 a.m. Wednesday.

Crews used a specialized crane to move the 50 foot long turbine before righting the trailer - a process which could take most of the day, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

Workers had reloaded the trailer and cleared the off ramp by about 8:45 p.m. Wednesday.

ODOT also closed 42nd Street below the Highway 126 overpass as a precaution, should the turbine break loose and roll downhill.

Southbound motorists on 42nd Street will be detoured onto Mohawk Blvd., and northbound motorists will be detoured onto Olympic Street.

The turbine is about 50 feet long with a 19 foot diameter, and weighs over 69 tons.

The turbine was being hauled from Kansas to a facility in Springfield and was about a mile from its destination when the trailer rolled onto its side while exiting on the 42nd Street ramp, ODOT spokesman Rick Little said. The semi truck stayed upright.