Related: 6 Killed as Tornado Hits Southern Illinois Amazon Warehouse

  • Source: WMAQ-TV NBC 5 Chicago
  • Published: 12/13/2021 12:00 AM

Six people were killed Friday when a portion of an Amazon building collapsed in downstate Edwardsville during a severe weather outbreak, state and local officials said Saturday, as the operation shifted to a recovery mission. Multiple workers were killed when a portion of an Amazon warehouse, located in the 3000 block of Gateway Commerce Center Drive South, collapsed during what the National Weather Service confirmed as an EF-3 tornado, according to local fire authorities. At a news conference Saturday evening, Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford stated that one person was injured, and 45 people were rescued. At least one person was taken to an area hospital, and others suffered minor injuries that were treated at the scene. Officials have not yet determined how many victims were hurt in the collapse or how many are still unaccounted for as workers were in the midst of a shift change when the tornado struck at about 8:30 p.m.


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