Coroner IDs worker killed in Alabama pipeline explosion

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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