SPRINGFIELD, Ore. — Early Wednesday morning a 70-ton industrial charcoal dryer fell off a semi-truck blocking the westbound 126 off-ramp to 42nd Street.
The dryer is still secured to its trailer, no one was injured in the crash. It is roughly 50 feet long, 19 feet high and weighs nearly 69 tons. The turbine was in route to the Kingsford facility in Springfield from Kansas when the trailer rolled onto its side while exiting Highway 126.
Crews are working to remove the turbine with a specialized crane. ODOT says the ramp will likely be closed most of the day. There is a detour in place west to Mohawk Boulevard then back to 42nd street.