A chemical explosion at General Motors’ stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, the USA, killed one person, while eight others were injured

A chemical explosion at General Motors’ stamping plant in Marion, Indiana, the USA, killed one person, while eight others were injured.

Cliff Sessoms, city’s deputy police chief, told Bloomberg an emergency call was received at about 1:50 p.m. local time yesterday, informing about the explosion. It was reported the blast involved a chlorine dioxide tank. The plant was then evacuated and production was suspended.

“When the explosion occurred, employees were evacuated and fire department and other emergency personnel responded quickly,” Bill Grotz, a GM spokesperson, said. “Our condolences and deepest sympathies go to our team member’s family and colleagues.”

According to the company's website, the Marion Metal Center employs more than 1,600 workers. The plant provides blanks, stampings and sheet-metal assembly for a variety of GM vehicles. GM announced the first shift for the day was sent home, the second was canceled, while the third is expected to work as usual.

Quaker Chemical Corp. (KWR), a specialty chemicals producer from Pennsylvania, said in a separate statement that the worker who lost his life, James L. Gibson, 48, was one of its employees.

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