An investigation into the death of a Logansport man at Chrysler’s Kokomo Casting Plant Saturday will be conducted by the company, United Auto Workers and IOSHA.

Howard County Coroner Brad Bray said an autopsy performed Sunday determined Jon Kelley Wright, 48, of Logansport, died instantly of crushing force injuries in the 5:30 a.m. incident at the casting plant on East Boulevard. He ruled the death was an accident.

“I called in a forensic pathologist to perform an autopsy so that it will be documented for the family,” Bray said. “We just have to wait on his formal report.”

The coroner said Wright died after getting caught between two panels on a die-cast machine, which he believes makes transmission casings.

According to Chrysler spokesman Dave Elshoff, officials from Chrysler, UAW and Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct the investigation into Wright’s death.

Pat Cooper, president of Local 1166, which represents casting plant employees, would not comment.

No other local officials will be investigating what happened. Kokomo Police were not called to the scene although Kokomo Fire Department responded with a medic squad and engine to assist Bray.

Kokomo Casting Plant operations didn’t resume until the second shift Sunday, Elshoff said. At the time of the accident the plant was in the midst of its Saturday day shift and workers were sent home.

Funeral services for Wright are 11 a.m. Wednesday at Fisher Funeral Chapel in Logansport. Friends may call 4 to 8 p.m. today, at the funeral home. Friends and co-workers may light a candle of hope in remembrance of Kelley and view his online video tribute at

Wright was the second person to die in an industrial situation at the Kokomo operations. Brett Maggart died in July 2005 at Kokomo Transmission Plant.

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