A day after a Colonial pipeline exploded and killed at least one person in Shelby County, Alabama, fears are mounting that the impact could be felt at the gas pump for weeks to come.
In addition to the death, at least five were injured Monday after a dirt-moving track hoe struck the pipeline, igniting gasoline and sparking the blast.
Four of the injured remained hospitalized as of Tuesday afternoon, Colonial spokesperson Bill Barry said during a news conference. He had no further updates on their conditions or the severity of their injuries.
The explosion forced residents of several homes to evacuate in Helena and took place just five miles west of a recent Colonial Pipeline gasoline leak, according to AL.com.
The fire prompted pipeline officials to shut down the pipeline that runs from Houston to New York for the second time in two months, according to a statement posted on Colonial’s website.
On Tuesday, Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency, which will ease restrictions on gasoline truck drivers and allow them to drive more hours, according to KSL.
The pipeline carrying gasoline could be down until at least Saturday, and the distillate line needs at least four days to be operational, a source with a Colonial shipper told Reuters. A second line carrying diesel, jet fuel and other distillates reopened Monday night, according to an update Tuesday on Colonial’s response website.
On Tuesday, gasoline futures rose as much as 13 percent, according to Reuters.
Colonial Pipeline fire kills 1 person, bringing threat of gas price spike
The Colonial Pipeline, which carries gasoline to the East Coast, has been closed after a deadly fire, bringing the threat of price hikes at the pump.