A chemical explosion rocked General Motors' Marion, IN stamping factory yesterday afternoon, killing one worker. Four other workers required trips to the hospital, although their injuries are not life-threatening.
"We're still determining the cause of the explosion," General Motors spokesperson Bill Grotz told Autoblog. A new Associated Press report this morning lists the deceased as 48-year-old contractor James L. Gibson.

The chlorine dioxide chemical explosion happened near the end of the plant's first shift. GM cancelled the second shift and had originally planned for its third shift to move in late yesterday evening, but that plan was stymied by other, "non-safety related issues," Grotz told AB.

"The plant is now back on schedule with first shift," Grotz said.

The Marion Metal Center, as it's officially known, opened in 1956 and currently employs over 1,600 people. It's located roughly between Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.


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      another Dan
      • 5 Months Ago
      So this person might still be alive if we hadn't bailed GM out...
        knightrider_6
        • 5 Months Ago
        @another Dan
        @another Dan your stupid comment might not have appeared on this site if your parents had decided to use birth control.
          jtav2002
          • 5 Months Ago
          @knightrider_6
          This site would be a lot better off had a lot of people chosen birth control.
      Larry Litmanen
      • 5 Months Ago
      "We're still determining the cause of the explosion," General Motors spokesperson Bill Grotz told Autoblog. -----------------------You cheaped out on some safety regulation and this is the result.
      yonomo200
      • 5 Months Ago
      A friend of mine was lead quality engineer there some years ago. He now works for Siemens. Very sad.
        Larry Litmanen
        • 5 Months Ago
        @yonomo200
        Hmmmm, i woke up earlier today and had a peanut butter sandwich.
          PiCASSO
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          Indeed, Larry... you are an as*hole.
          R.t Voll
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          You really are an *******.
          cygnusx8
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          I'm with Larry. What does the fact that some internet stranger's friend has worked at that plant years ago or that he is currently employed by Siemens have to do with this article?
          carguy1701
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Larry Litmanen
          https://www.facebook.com/larry.litmanen?fref=ts I think 'Larry' is an assumed name.
      Eggmania
      • 5 Months Ago
      is this a 'New GM' facility or an old one?
      Jarda
      • 5 Months Ago
      talk about cursed automaker
      IBx27
      • 5 Months Ago
      I have a lot of family in Anderson that used to work at GM in Marion. Hope the injured are ok and condolences to the family of the worker that was killed.
      mbukukanyau
      • 5 Months Ago
      Thoughts Prayers for the families and for the co workers.
      muspod
      • 5 Months Ago
      And the hits keeps coming....... damn..
      carguy1701
      • 5 Months Ago
      To those who might know: what is chlorine dioxide used for in stamping?
        jack smith
        • 5 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        It isn't to my knowledge, but large amounts of water can be used in any industrial metal working process. As such, GM was likely using chlorine dioxide as water treatment, to re-use/recycle the waste water used. Chlorine dioxide can not be shipped as it is corrosive and explosive, it must be generated on-site. Therefore, they likely had a leak, and if that leak was located near something that produces large amounts of heat, like welding... Then you have what Marvin the martian so aptly titled "an earth shattering kaboom".
      delsolo1
      • 5 Months Ago
      I am just here to read insensitive comments left by the teabaggin youth and I haven't been disappointed.
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