DETROIT (WWJ) – Authorities confirm an autoworker was killed in a “tragic accident” while on the job at a Fiat Chrysler plant in Detroit.

The incident happened Tuesday morning at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant, on Conner Street near East Jefferson Avenue on the city’s east side.

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Officials say the 53-year-old man — later identified Donald Megge of Sterling Heights — was crushed in a press while performing regular preventative maintenance in the waste water treatment area.

Megge was working alone when the accident happened and was discovered at about 6:30 a.m. He was declared dead at the scene.

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Jodi Tinson, a Fiat Chrysler spokesperson, said the accident happened during the day’s first shift.

“A plant employee was killed at the waste water treatment plant. The company is currently working with local officials to investigate the incident,” Tinson said in a statement. “All of the FCA family extends its deepest sympathies to the employee’s family during this difficult time.”

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

(credit: Mike Campbell/WWJ Newsradio 950)

Megge was a UAW member and a millwright.

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UAW-Chrysler Vice President Norwood Jewell said the incident remains under investigation by state and federal health and safety officials, as well as union, company health and safety professionals.