2nd worker dies from October pipeline explosion in AL

HEFLIN, Ala. (WIAT) — A second worker involved in the Oct. 31st Colonial Pipeline explosion has died, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) confirms.

OSHA tells us they were notified of the death of William “Bill” Whatley on Nov. 22 by Heflin-based L.E. Bell Construction.

According to Whatley’s obituary, he was laid to rest Saturday, Nov. 26, and that his L.E. Bell family and Colonial Pipeline both thought highly of him.

L.E. Bell worker Anthony Willingham died at the scene of the explosion, Colonial Pipeline previously told us.

Dec. 5, Colonial Pipeline released a summary of the Oct. 31st incident, saying it “resulted in the death of one contractor and the hospitalization of five others.” We called them Tuesday for comment on Whatley’s death. They deferred to L.E. Bell Construction for any additional confirmation, and acknowledged they were aware of the second fatality, but hadn’t announced it out of respect for the Whatley family.

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