Back in September a pipeline in Alabama burst and put most of the Southeast in a gas shortage. Almost unbelievably, the same pipeline burst again yesterday afternoon, this time in a massive explosion. One worker is confirmed dead and five others are injured.
WIAT CBS News in Alabama reports that a contracted crew was working on the Colonial Pipeline with a backhoe near Highway 13 in Shelby County, Ala yesterday afternoon when it struck the line itself, ignited the gasoline, and blew.
Four workers were airlifted to a hospital but the death count remains at one with a total of five others injured, as reported by WIAT.
Colonial Pipeline shut off its gas around 4 a.m., so while the fire at the site continues to burn, eventually it will just burn itself out. Fears of another gas shortage in the South have already begun.