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Worker killed at Jefferson North

by Bill Cawthon on

Detroit Police were on the scene of an early-morning fatal accident at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, which builds the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee.

According to initial reports, a 53-year-old worker was crushed when his upper body got caught in a press at the plant’s waste water treatment facility. The employee was pronounced dead at the scene.


The company issued an official statement:

FCA US has had a tragic accident at its Jefferson North Assembly Plant during the first shift this morning. A plant employee was killed at the waste water treatment plant. The Company is currently working with local officials to investigate the incident. The name of the employee is not being released at this time. All of the FCA family extends its deepest sympathies to the employee’s family during this difficult time.

The Jefferson North Assembly Plant builds the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango.

Bill Cawthon grew up in the auto industry in the 1950s. His Dad worked for Chrysler and Bill spent a number of Saturdays down on the plant floor at Dodge Main in Hamtramck. Bill is also the U.S. market correspondent for, a British auto industry publication, and a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association, which has named the Jeep Grand Cherokee the “SUV of Texas” several times and named the Ram 1500 as the “Truck of Texas” two years running.

Bill has owned five Plymouths (including the only 1962 “Texan”), one Dodge and one Chrysler and is still trying to figure out how to justify a Wrangler. He also has owned at least one of every 1:87 scale model of a Chrysler product. You can reach him directly at (206) 888-7324 or by using the form.

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