200 injured, 68 dead in Chinese GM supply plant explosion

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According to The Topeka Capital Journal, 68 people were killed and almost 200 others injured, most with severe burns, after an explosion Saturday at an automotive parts factory in eastern China that supplies General Motors, officials said.

It was China’s most serious industrial disaster since a fire at a poultry plant killed 199 people last year in June.

Saturday’s explosion happened when more than 200 workers were on the site of the factory, which is an industrial zone in the city of Kunshan, officials from the city said at a news conference televised by state broadcaster CCTV. Kunshan, in Jiangsu province, is about 600 miles southeast of Beijing.

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