UPDATE 1-Hayes Lemmerz says one dead in plant explosion


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CHICAGO, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Automotive parts supplier Hayes Lemmerz International Inc. said on Thursday it has temporarily closed a plant in Indiana after an explosion there late Wednesday killed one and injured two.

The company, which makes wheels, breaks, powertrains and suspension components, said in a news release that the cause of the accident is being investigated.

The explosion occurred at about 8:15 p.m. Wednesday in Hayes's plant on the southwest side of Huntington, Indiana, according to the city's fire department. Huntington is located about 25 miles from Fort Wayne in northeast Indiana.

The facility makes cast aluminum wheels, according to the company's Web site.

Calls to the company, and to local and state fire officials, were not immediately returned.

Hayes, based in Northville, Michigan, recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.



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