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Chemical blast at GM plant in Indiana kills one, injures five

02 July 2014

A chemical explosion on July 1 at a General Motors metal-stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, killed a contractor and injured five others, local fire sources said. Marion General Hospital said it was treating the five for non-life-threatening injuries.

Photo: GM
Photo: GM

The explosion involved a chlorine dioxide tank, and the chemical continued spilling out after the explosion, Marion Fire Chief Paul David said. A hazardous materials crew contained the spill.

GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen said the situation was contained and everybody had been evacuated from the plant, about 60 miles northeast of Indianapolis, after the incident. Production was restarted later in the day.

A GM spokesman confirmed that an investigation is underway.

The plant employs 1,600 workers.

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