MARION, Ind. (WXIN) — One person was killed and multiple others were taken to the hospital following a chemical spill and explosion at the GM metal stamping plant in Marion Tuesday afternoon.
All employees were ordered to evacuate, according to security officials at the facility, around 2 p.m.
Tanks containing chlorine dioxide exploded in the northeast corner of the building.
The explosion killed 48-year-old James Gibson and sent five others to the Marion Hospital emergency room with non-life threatening injuries. Three others refused treatment on the scene.
Witnesses told FOX59 they heard an explosion and saw smoke coming from the building.
The plant employs more than 1,600 people in multiple shifts. It opened in 1956, according to GM.
FOX59 will update this developing story as more information becomes available.