Coroner IDs worker killed in Alabama pipeline explosion

Light from a light pole shows a house near a plume of smoke from a Colonial Pipeline explosion, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)
Light from a light pole shows a house near a plume of smoke from a Colonial Pipeline explosion, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016, in Helena, Ala. Colonial Pipeline said in a statement that it has shut down its main pipeline in Alabama after the explosion in a rural part of the state outside Birmingham. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)


HELENA, Ala. (AP) – 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.

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