Alabama gas pipeline resumes service after explosion last week


Colonial Pipeline has restarted the gas pipeline that exploded on 31 October in Alabama.

Repairing of the pipeline continued until Saturday and Line 1 resumed service at 5:45am local time on Sunday.

The pipeline, which carries gasoline from the Gulf Coast to the New York City, exploded and caught fire last week killing one person and injuring several.

The blast also forced the closing of its sister pipeline used to transport diesel and jet fuel for several hours.

"According to Colonial Pipeline and government, officials investigating into the incident stated the pipeline exploded when a piece of excavation equipment hit it."

The company said that the fuel delivery supply chain can take several days to return to normal, reported Time.com.

According to Colonial Pipeline and government, officials investigating into the incident stated the pipeline exploded when a piece of excavation equipment hit it.

Detailed information about the explosion has not been released yet.

Anthony Lee Willingham, 48, of Heflin, Alabama, was killed in the blast.

Four other people were injured and hospitalised, reported Nydailynews.com.

The National Transportation Safety Board is currently investigating the pipeline explosion, while officials are collecting physical evidence and documenting the site and surrounding area.