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Contractor killed and 2 hurt at East Chicago ArcelorMittal complex

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EAST CHICAGO, Ind. (AP) A contractor was killed and two others were injured Wednesday when debris fell onto them as they worked at ArcelorMittal's sprawling northwestern Indiana steelmaking complex, police said.

Michael Samuelson, 39, of Valparaiso died Wednesday morning from blunt force trauma to the body, the Lake County coroner's office said. The coroner ruled Samuelson's death accidental.

East Chicago police Lt. Marguerite Wilder said falling debris struck Samuelson and two other contractors as they worked at ArcelorMittal's No. 3 steel production plant in Indiana Harbor West.

"They were doing some type of work at the facility when debris fell," Wilder told The Times.

The two injured workers were taken to a hospital, where their conditions were not immediately available, although ArcelorMittal spokesman William Steers said their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

The company has launched a joint investigation into the deadly accident enlisting both management and the United Steelworkers union.

ArcelorMittal spokesman William Steers said the company "is extremely saddened" by Samuelson's death.

"The ArcelorMittal family extends our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the deceased and those injured," he said.

United Steelworkers Local 1011 President Lonnie Asher said no mill employees were injured and that an investigation was beginning into the accident's cause.

Wilder said police plan to do a follow-up investigation.