Worker killed in explosion at GM Indiana auto stamping plant

Reuters News
Posted: Jul 01, 2014 6:05 PM

DETROIT (Reuters) - One worker was killed on Tuesday and four others hurt in a chemical explosion at a General Motors Co auto stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, the company said.

The four injured workers were being treated for non-life-threatening injuries at Marion General Hospital, GM said.

Production at the Marion Metal Center was suspended after the early afternoon incident, GM said.

The plant's first shift was sent home and the second shift was canceled, and the third shift was expected to work at its normal time, GM said.

The plant stamps sheet metal into auto parts for a variety of GM vehicles including full-size pickup trucks made at nearby Fort Wayne, Indiana. It employs 1,600.

An investigation of the incident is under way, GM said.

(Reporting by Bernie Woodall; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)