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Yesterday, an explosion was reported at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan and early reports had one or two people injured. An official statement was released by GM that five people were injured, one seriously.
“We are aware of five employees being evaluated on scene by medical personal and only one employee is being further treated,” said GM.
The one employee who was injured seriously is expected to make a full recovery and no one suffered life-threatening injuries in the accident. According to GM, the explosion “was related to extreme testing on a prototype battery,” and of course the American automaker had to include that it was “unrelated to the Chevrolet Volt or any other production vehicle.”
It is being reported that the prototype lithium-ion battery that exploded was manufactured by A123 Systems, who recently had to deal with all the negative press surrounding the Fisker Karma and is already facing financial obstacles.
Watch the news report below.
An explosion has been reported at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan. The blast occurred at around 8:50 a.m.
One, or possibly two people were injured, and have already been moved to hospital, reports the Detroit News. The center houses the General Motors Battery Lab and is used for testing and developing lithium-ion battery packs as well as other future battery technology.
The building has been evacuated and all employees have been moved to safety. “We’re aware of an incident this morning at one of our labs at the GM Tech Center that required a fire and emergency response,” GM spokesman Greg Martin said. “All employees are accounted for, and we’re trying to learn more details and we’ll share them when we can.”
The explosion was reportedly caused by one of the lithium-ion battery packs being tested.
[Source: Detroit News]