KUNSHAN, CHINA (WKZO) -- An explosion ripped through a Chinese factory near Shanghai that supplies parts for General Motors, killing at least 69 people, and injuring 187 others.
There's no word on what specifically caused the explosion in eastern China Saturday, but the official Xinhua news agency said five factory supervisors were being questioned about potential criminal negligence by plant owners and management.
The blast was China's worst industrial accident in a year, the latest in a series that has occurred in the manufacturing sector that fuels their vital export trade.
GM says it receives parts from the factory which specialized in polishing wheel rims, through a supplier.
The automaker may have to scramble to find an alternative supplier to keep it from disrupting production, wherever those parts are shipped.