Coroner IDs worker killed in Alabama pipeline explosion

An aerial view of Monday's pipeline explosion near Helena, Alabama. (CBSN)
An aerial view of Monday's pipeline explosion near Helena, Alabama. (CBSN)

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — Shelby County officials have identified the man who was killed while working on a gasoline pipeline that exploded earlier this week.

County Deputy Coroner Lina Evans in an email to AL.com says Wednesday 48-year-old Anthony Lee Willingham died in the explosion.

Willingham, of Heflin, was a member of a nine-person crew that was present at Monday’s explosion.

State officials and Colonial Pipeline, the company that owns the line, 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 who were injured in the blast were taken to a Birmingham hospital for treatment. Evans said Willingham’s body was recovered Tuesday.

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