Indiana GM plant chemical blast injures 4 workers

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FILE - General Motors Orion Assembly Plant's wastewater treatment facilities are shown in this Nov. 29, 2005 file photo. Michigan is fourth in the nation in the share of its workforce associated with industries that develop freshwater technology and services or are highly dependent on plentiful and clean water, according to a report released Thursday May 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

MARION, Ind. (AP) — A General Motors Co. spokeswoman confirms one worker has life-threatening injuries after a chemical explosion at GM's metal-stamping plant in Indiana.

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

Marion Fire Department Assistant Chief Greg Yeakle tells the Marion Chronicle-Tribune that two other workers were hosed down at the scene by firefighters before being transported to Marion General Hospital. Another employee was washed down in a shower.

Yeakle says chlorine dioxide was involved in the explosion Tuesday afternoon.

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