October 3, 2022

General Motors Orion range is seen on October 25, 2019.

A worker dies of blunt force injuries after a fight at GM’s Orion Group

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Thursday in a press release that a 49-year-old man has died following a brawl at General Motors’ Orion assembly plant in the town of Orion.

Steve Hooper, Sheriff’s Communications Officer, identified the victim as Gregory Lanier Robertson of Pontiac. Robertson worked at the factory for about seven months. A 48-year-old co-worker was in the custody of the Oakland County Jail.

Later Thursday afternoon, the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s office completed the autopsy report. Cas Marca, an official in the medical examiner’s office, told the Free Press that the report lists Robertson’s death as murder with the cause as “multiple injuries due to sharp force.”

The sheriff’s office confirmed that both men in the fight worked for a cleaning service hired by General Motors, but Hooper told the Free Press that his office has not released the name of that cleaning company. GM hires vendors to do the cleaning as well as some maintenance and distribute parts for the assembly line.

GM spokesman Dan Flores said the plant was closed Thursday for the investigation, but regular production would resume Friday morning and employees should report at their usual times unless their commanders were notified otherwise.