Amazon Warehouse Collapse: Officials Report All Missing People Now ‘Accounted For’

by Samantha Whidden
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Following the devastating tornadoes that caused damage in four states, Amazon officials have announced that all missing employees at an Illinois warehouse have now been accounted for.

According to Fox News, a tornado ripped through the Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois. The impact leveled a good portion of the 1.1 million square feet building and killed six employees. Seven Foley, a driver for Amazon who works at the warehouse told the media outlet, “It’s unbelievable. It’s like a war zone. Like a bomb went off.”

Foley also shared with Fox News that he was working the night of the storm and was lucky to be alive. He was out driving for Amazon when the tornado struck. “I could have been here 25 minutes before. I would have been inside the building. 

Fellow Amazon driver, Emily Epperson then spoke about her experience the night of the storm. “Honestly, I’m just worried about my friends right now. It’s insane though. Nothing like this has ever happened to me.”

Luckily, Epperson wasn’t on shift that night but returned to the area near the Amazon warehouse on Saturday morning. She was searching for her friend, Austin McEwen. Her friend is one of the tornado’s victims. “I just came here because I want to know something. The unknown is really, it sucks.”

Illinois state officials reported that 45 people made it out of the Edwardsville building safely that night, but Amazon was not able to confirm how many employees were in the building at the time. Edwardsville Police’s statement on Monday reads, “At this time, everyone reported to have been at the property when this event occurred has been accounted for. And we have no other report of missing individuals.”

Amazon Shares More Details About the Condition of the Edwardsville Warehouse Post Tornado 

Fox News also reports the part of Amazon’s Edwardsville warehouse that was destroyed was partially used as a parking area. There were notably dozens of managed cars that were seen trucked away on Sunday (December 12th). 

Speaking about those impacted by the storms, Amazon spokesperson, Kelly Nantel, told the media outlet, “We’re going to do everything we can to assist those families through this.”

Amazon also confirms that it has donated $1 million to the Edwardsville Community Foundation. Nantel explained, “It’s everything from making sure that they have the supplies. To food and water, blankets, and anything and everything in between.”

Nantel further explained that Amazon is standing by as crews are working to make sure the warehouse is safe again. The Edwardsville Police reported that the city’s fire department is now working on clearing the debris from the site. It is also working with Amazon representatives to transition the property back to their control.

“And once they do that, and they’ve completed their search and recovery efforts. Then they’ll turn the building back over to us and we’ll be able to evaluate it,” Nantel added.