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GM Plant Explosion in Indiana Leaves One Dead, Three Injured

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 7/1/2014 Karla Sanchez

General Motors is making headlines once again, but not for another round of recalls. A chemical explosion at GM's Marion, Ind. plant has reportedly left four people in critical condition and one person dead.

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According to the Chronicle-Tribune, a Marion Police Deputy Chief confirmed 48-year-old James L. Gibson lost his life in the explosion. The report also says that Gibson was a contractor, and not a GM employee. GM also released a statement saying three injured people were rushed to the hospital, while others receive on-site treatment, which may have included being washed down in the shower to remove excess chemicals. The Detroit Free Press reports one employee was washed down at the scene. Investigators believe the explosion involved chlorine and bromide. GM called the explosion "small" in its statement and said that emergency responders had the situation under control. Gm Logo© Provided by MotorTrend Gm Logo

GM's Marion plant is about 45 miles southwest of Fort Wayne and currently employs more than 1400 people. The plant provides blanks, stampings, and sheet metal assembly for cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs to other GM assembly plants throughout North America.

Source: The Chronicle-Tribune, Detroit Free Press

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