Tragedy struck a Ford plant in Chicago this weekend when a wall collapsed on a worker, killing him and sending another employee to the hospital in critical condition. The incident reportedly occurred on Saturday morning when an 8x8-foot section of concrete wall fell down in what the automaker reportedly described as a construction accident. The cause of the wall's collapse was not immediately identified.

The deceased individual was identified only as a 45-year-old contract worker. Another individual – described as a 48-year-old Ford employee – was injured while trying to come to the first person's rescue. He was hospitalized in critical condition after a piece of concrete fell on his leg. Our deepest condolences go out to the deceased worker's family, and our best wishes for a speedy recovery to the injured.

The Chicago Assembly Plant is the oldest Ford factory under continuous operation. It opened in 1924 to produce the Model T, and has assembled numerous model lines over the decades since. Today the plant handles production of the Taurus and Explorer, as well as the Police Interceptor versions of both, and the Lincoln MKS – all of which are based on the same D3 platform. Located on the south side of Chicago, the plant employs over 4,000 workers. That makes it one of the largest Ford facilities in the United States, after the assembly plants in Kansas City and Louisville, KY – both of which produce trucks, principally large body-on-frame pickups and SUVs like the F-150 and Expedition.

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