THE FORKS, Maine — A wind turbine base that fell off a truck on Monday is expected to be removed from along Route 201 in northern Somerset County on Friday, authorities said.

Maine Department of Public Safety Spokesman Stephen McCausland said state police will be overseeing the removal of the turbine in Johnson Mountain Township, about halfway between The Forks and Jackman.

Work is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. and continue throughout the day. Route 201 is expected to be shut down completely for most of the afternoon, as cranes will be used to lift the windmill section onto a trailer.

The wind turbine base was being transported from Quebec to Bingham when a truck driver lost control on a curve Monday. The driver, Frederic Mercier, 30, of Quebec, was not injured.

The turbine base has been sitting alongside Route 201 since the crash, McCausland said.

Drivers should seek alternate routes to access the Canadian border or Jackman, mainly Route 27 from Kingfield or Routes 6 and 15 from Greenville.

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