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A Fort Wayne man has died from injuries he suffered last week in an industrial accident at an auto-parts manufacturing plant.

Michael Joseph Oberley II, 23, was working as a machinist May 19 at AccuGear, 6710 Innovation Blvd., when he was hurt. He died Wednesday at Parkview Hospital.

Shortly before 1 p.m. May 19, police were called to AccuGear to investigate the accident.

What sort of injuries Oberley suffered and what caused them are not clear.

Chris Son, a spokesman for AccuGear’s parent company, Detroit-based American Axle & Manufacturing, said machinery was running when the accident happened, but could not elaborate.

“It is an unfortunate incident, and we’re definitely sorry that an associate of AccuGear … did end up passing away,” Son said. “Our condolences have gone out to the family.”

In compliance with the law, Oberley’s employer notified the Indiana Occupational Safety and Health Administration of his death, said Stephanie McFarland, a spokeswoman for the state’s labor department.

McFarland said IOSHA is investigating to determine the accident’s cause and whether any laws were broken.

Citing the ongoing investigation, she would not release any other information.

According to an obituary, Oberley was born in Fort Wayne, graduated from Bishop Dwenger High School in 2006 and received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from ITT Technical Institute.

His funeral is set for 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Vincent Catholic Church, 1502 E. Wallen Road, with visitation starting an hour before.