1 dead, others hurt in Marion GM explosion

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MARION, Ind. (WISH) — One person was killed and others were injured Tuesday afternoon in an explosion at the General Motors stamping plant in Marion, officials there said.

One male employee, identified by the coroner as 48-year-old James L. Gibson, died. Five other employees were taken to Marion General Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

The plant is located at 2400 W. Second St. in Marion. GM evacuated the facility after an explosion involving chlorine dioxide, according to GM and fire officials. GM characterized the situation as “under control.”

Marion Mayor Wayne Seybold was in the area talking with GM officials.

“This is heartbreaking for our community,” Seybold said.

The plant provides blanks, stampings and sheet metal assembly for cars, vans, trucks and SUVs to GM assembly plants throughout North America, according to the company’s website.

The stamping plant is 64 miles north of Indianapolis.

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