A chemical based explosion occurred at a General Motors plant in the vicinity of Fort Wayne, Indiana, with the US automaker saying there was one fatality and another eight persons were hospitalized.
At around 1:50 p.m. local time, emergency services were called on site after a blast at GM’s metal-stamping facility in Marion, with Cliff Sessoms, the city’s deputy police chief confirming the number of casualties.
According to Bill Grotz, a GM spokesperson, a “contract team member” was the person who died, due to a “small chemical explosion”. Additionally, another four persons received hospital care for non-life-threatening injuries, while another four ultimately not requiring any treatment.
“When the explosion occurred, employees were evacuated and fire department and other emergency personnel responded quickly,” Grotz said. “Our condolences and deepest sympathies go to our team member’s family and colleagues.”
In a separate statement, Quaker Chemical Corp., which is a company that deals with specialty chemicals, announced that the worker that lost his life was an employee of theirs.
GM said the incident was under control and that its facility resumed work that evening, after the third shift was canceled and with first shift employees expected to return the next day at work normally. An investigation into the incident was launched.