Siemens sues BNSF over damaged windmill blades

Siemens Energy has filed a lawsuit against BNSF Railway seeking compensation for a cargo of damaged windmill blades.

In the lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City, Kan., Siemens alleges that 21 wind turbine blades that it manufactured at its Fort Madison, Iowa, blade plant were shipped to Liberal in August.

All of them were later found to have damaged blade tips. Siemens alleges this occurred when they hit a rail overpass at Kansas Avenue and First Street in Kansas City, Kan.

Siemens is seeking $3.2 million, including $2.6 million for the 21 blades. The rest is for additional transportation and inspection costs.

A spokesman for Siemens said the company doesn't comment on pending litigation.

BNSF didn't comment for the story.