Wind turbine blade blocks westbound Interstate 80 traffic near Gretna
GRETNA, Neb. (WOWT) - Authorities advised westbound Interstate 80 drivers traveling with plans to travel past Gretna should find an alternate route after a turbine blade slipped onto the roadway.
Sarpy County Sheriff’s Sgt. Kyle Percifield tweeted a photo of the blade, noting that drivers would not be able to get past the Highway 31 exit at Gretna until the turbine was removed.
Percifield told 6 News weather played a role in the accident.
“Weather did make the shoulder soft, causing it to get stuck when the wheels went onto the shoulder,” he said.
In an odd twist, there was a lemur in one of the convoy vehicles, which Percifield snapped a photo of, noting in his tweet that the animal was named Phineas.
A Nebraska Humane Society spokeswoman said that lemurs, considered exotic animals, aren’t allowed as pets here in the Omaha-metro. Health permits would be required as the driver was passing through, which is something she said is smart to have when traveling across state lines with any animal — even cats and dogs.
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