GM employee hurt by the battery explosion remains in hospital

Article by Christian A., on April 20, 2012

The General Motors employee who was hurt by the battery explosion at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Mich., last week is still in the hospital but is now in fair condition, according to the automaker. GM didn’t name the worker or the details of the injury. This employee, who is 26 years old, has symptoms that are “concussion-like” and he has a four-inch wound at the back of the head, according to a report by The Detroit News.

This worker is currently at St. John Hospital and Medical Center in Detroit. After the explosion, medical personnel had looked at four other people.

Warren Fire Commissioner Skip McAdams said that this employee would likely stay in the hospital for at least until the weekend. He said that the fire department is seeking to interview this employee for its investigation. The explosion had blown out at least three windows and at least one eight-inch-thick door. In this building, there were 80 people evacuated.

Last week, GM released a statement that the cause of this explosion was the escape of chemical gases from an experimental battery pack inside an enclosed room in its battery lab in the Alternative Energy Center building.

The explosion was the result of the gases igniting in this room. A source inside GM told The Wall Street Journal that the lithium ion battery that wasbeing tested was intended for a new range of all-electric cars and was built by A123 Systems Inc. GM and the Warren officials are investigating this incident.

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