UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — The online store giant Amazon’s warehouse collapsed when storms hit the US state of Illinois.
One official said there were up to 100 people in the building when the distribution center collapsed, working the night shift.
The collapse was the result of a severe thunderstorm and possibly a tornado that struck the St. Louis area. The Collinsville, Illinois Emergency Management Agency on Facebook called it a “mass casualty incident.”
Television news footage from the scene showed buses carrying people out of the building and at least one person being wheeled to a medical helicopter.
Amazon’s Edwardsville fulfillment center opened with two warehouses in 2016 with 1.5 million square feet, according to media reports. Warehouses are used to store goods where they are located before being sent to customers by mail.
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