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Nissan worker killed in Smyrna plant accident

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SMYRNA, TN (WSMV) -

A maintenance technician was killed early Sunday morning at the Nissan auto assembly plant in Smyrna.

A Nissan spokesman released a statement saying Michael Hooper, 43, was involved in the fatal accident around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

"Emergency response authorities are on-site and working to confirm the details of the incident, which occurred in the body assembly area of the plant," according to Justin Saia, manager of Corporate Communications at Nissan North America.

"Our deepest sympathies are with the family of the deceased and those affected by this tragedy," Saia said in a statement. "We cannot confirm additional details until affected family members have been notified."

"The safety and well-being of our team members is Nissan's top priority. The company is fully cooperating with authorities as they investigate today's incident and is doing everything possible to support those affected in the aftermath of this heartbreaking event," Saia said.

Hooper had been employed by the company for 21 years.

On April 25, a contract worker was killed in the System One Paint Facility. Officials said a worker contracted from the company Complete Automation died and that they were cooperating with authorities to figure out what went wrong in that incident.

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