Second person dies after Alabama pipeline explosion


HELENA, Ala. (AP) — Officials say a second worker injured in the Oct. 31 explosion of a major gasoline pipeline in Alabama has died. quotes the Occupational Health and Safety Administration as saying the employee died on Nov. 22 from injuries received during the explosion of the Colonial Pipeline in Shelby County.

The federal agency says it was contacted by the worker’s employer, Heflin-based L.E. Bell Construction. OSHA didn’t identify the worker.

Colonial officials say eight members of the nine-member crew working on the pipeline when it exploded were employees of L.E Bell.

Officials say the explosion resulted from a worker who accidentally hit the line while doing excavation work.

The explosion sparked a geyser of fire and shut down a vital pipeline supplying gasoline to millions of people across the Southeast.

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