NTSB blames inadequate planning for deadly colonial pipeline explosion

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) A federal investigation is blaming inadequate work by an excavation crew for a pipeline explosion that killed two people in Alabama and slowed the flow of fuel to the Eastern Seaboard in 2016.

A report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board says excavators used heavy machinery to dig up a Colonial Pipeline pipe when the work should have been done by hand.

It says a machine hit a fitting on the pipeline, unleashing gasoline and starting a blaze that killed two people and hurt four others.

Relatives of a worker who died in the blast filed suit over his death in September.

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