- Associated Press - Thursday, November 3, 2016

HELENA, Ala. (AP) - The Latest on Alabama pipeline explosion and possible gasoline (all times local):


2:15 p.m.

A company says it is excavating the gasoline pipeline that exploded and erupted in flames in Alabama this week.

A statement Thursday from the Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. says “substantial progress” has been made since work began Wednesday night at the rural site southwest of Birmingham.

The company says the remaining small fire will be extinguished and draining operations will continue once preparations are finished.

A large pipeline that transports gasoline from the Gulf Coast to New York City exploded Monday while a crew was making repairs related to a September gas spill. One person was killed

The company has said the pipeline could reopen as early as this weekend, easing worries about gasoline shortages or price increases.

The company says an inspection has shown that a nearby pipeline which carries diesel, jet fuel and other products wasn’t damaged in the explosion.


9:33 a.m.

Officials have released the name of a worker killed when a gasoline pipeline serving the Southeast exploded in central Alabama, sparking a fire that was still burning more than two days later.

Deputy Coroner Lina Evans says 48-year-old Anthony Lee Willingham of Heflin, Alabama died in Monday’s explosion in Shelby County, Alabama.

Willingham was part of a nine-person crew working on repairs to the pipeline following an earlier spill. Government officials and line owner Colonial Pipeline have said a piece of excavation equipment hit the pipeline, causing the explosion and fire.

One of Anthony Willingham’s daughters told WSFA-TV that her father was a welder and heavy machinery worker for L.E. Bell Construction of Heflin.

Four other workers were injured.

The fire was still burning itself out early Thursday.


This story has been clarified to reflect that the location of the explosion is Shelby County, Alabama.


Information from: The Birmingham News, https://www.al.com/birminghamnews

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