HELENA, Ala. – On Tuesday, just before 2:00 p.m., a Colonial Pipeline contract crew was working on Line 1 in Shelby Co. An incident involving the trackhoe the crew was using hit the line. Gasoline was ignited and caused a fire, which continues to burn into Tuesday.
According to Colonial Pipeline, one person died at the scene while five other people were transported to Birmingham-area hospitals for treatment.
Colonial Pipeline offered a statement Monday night saying: “Our deepest condolences go out tonight to the family and friends of the person who was lost today, and our thoughts and prayers are with those who were injured.”
The Alabama Forestry Commission and Shelby County emergency responders, supplemented by mutual aid from surrounding counties, responded to the incident site immediately.
After the incident occurred, Colonial shut down its two mainlines, which traverse Shelby County. Those lines remained down as of 10:45 p.m. Monday.
The incident location is several miles from the site of a Sept. 9 spill in Shelby County.
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