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Updated Jul 1, 2014 - 9:28 pm

Indiana GM plant chemical blast kills 1, injures 5

MARION, Ind. — Authorities say a chemical explosion at a General Motors
metal-stamping plant in Indiana has left one person dead and five others
injured.

Marion Deputy Police Chief Cliff Sessoms says the blast killed 48-year-old
James L. Gibson, a GM contractor.

A Marion General Hospital spokeswoman says five other people have non-life
threatening injuries.

GM spokeswoman Stephanie Jentgen says “the situation is contained” and
“everybody has been evacuated” from the plant in Marion, about 60 miles
northeast of Indianapolis.

Assistant Fire Chief Greg Yeakle tells the Marion Chronicle-Tribune that
chlorine dioxide was involved in the explosion.

GM spokesman Bill Grotz says an investigation is underway.

The plant employs about 1,600 workers. It provides blanks, stampings and sheet
metal assembly for vehicles to GM assembly plants across North America.

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