South Carolina BMW plant confirms 'accidental death' following reports of person caught in machine

A person in South Carolina died Wednesday following an accident in a BMW manufacturing plant’s paint shop, the company confirmed, according to reports.

The incident took place at the Spartanburg County plant and authorities responded after receiving a call about an injury around 10:30 a.m., Fox Carolina said, citing dispatch. Pelham Batesville Fire Department officials said they received information about an individual caught in a machine, WYFF reported.

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The slain individual was not a company employee, but rather a private contractor, Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger told WYFF. The person’s identity was not released since their family had yet to be notified, he said.

A spokesman for BMW confirmed “an accidental death” took place in a paint shop at the facility and was being investigated by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, a statement obtained by WYFF said.

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“The paint shop has stopped operation as the investigation continues,” the statement continued. “When the accident occurred, BMW first responders were immediately called to provide aid. Pelham-Batesville EMS also responded. Since this is an active investigation, BMW is not able to comment further at this time."