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Second Lawsuit Filed Against Colonial Pipeline for 2016 Explosion

August 23, 2018

GWINNETT COUNTY, GA. – August 16, 2018 ( A second lawsuit has been filed against Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline in connection with a 2016 explosion, according to an online news report from*

In October 2016, crews were working on a pipeline near Birmingham, Alabama, excavating part of the pipeline. The pipeline exploded, and two workers, including Anthony Lee Willingham, died in the explosion. Allegedly, the project claims inspector did not show up to the work site that day, but the company moved forward with the excavation anyway. A track hoe the crew was using hit a line, and gasoline in the pipeline ignited, leading to the explosion. 

Willingham’s wife, Beverly Kay Willingham, has now filed a lawsuit against the Alpharetta, Georgia, company that owns the pipeline, Colonial Pipeline. The suit, filed on August 16 in Gwinnet County, Georgia, alleges that Colonial Pipeline was negligent and caused the wrongful death of Anthony Willingham. 

This is the second such lawsuit filed against Colonial regarding the explosion. In July, Patsy Ann Whatley, wife of Bill Whatley, filed a lawsuit in Fulton County, Georgia, for the wrongful death of her husband. 

Colonial Pipeline owns the largest refined petroleum pipeline in the United States, moving more than 1 million gallons of fuel each day. Following the 2016 Birmingham explosion, there was a fuel shortage across the Atlanta metro and the entire southeast. 

Colonial Pipeline issued a statement the night of the explosion saying its “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.” Upon receipt of Whatley’s civil complaint in July, Colonial issued another statement saying it “continues to extend its sympathy to the family of Mr. Whatley for their loss. Colonial has received the lawsuit and looks forward to addressing the issues raised. At this time, the company will have no further comment on the lawsuit.”  

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