6 victims in the Amazon warehouse collapse identified


EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Recovery continues in Edwardsville, Illinois after an EF-3 tornado tore through the local Amazon facility Friday night. The fire department is still working to clear debris from the site and working with Amazon representatives to account for all of their employees. An Amazon representative was on site and assisted with the search process.

Meanwhile, the Madison County Coroner’s Office has identified victims of Friday night’s tornado that tore through the facility.

The victims were Deandre S. Morrow, 28 years old of St. Louis; Kevin D. Dickey, 62 years old of Carlyle, Illinois; Clayton Lynn Cope 29 years old in Alton, Illinois; Etheria S. Hebb of St. Louis, 34 years old; Larry E. Virden 46 years old of Collinsville, Illinois; and 26-year-old Austin J. McEwen of Edwardsville.

“We just really want to send our deepest condolences to the families of those who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy. We’ve lost six members of the Amazon family and we’re doing everything we can to support them,” said Kelly Nantel, Amazon’s director of media relations. “We’re contacting those family members ourselves and we want to make sure we’re taking really good care of them.”

Nantel said Amazon has donated $1 million to the Edwardsville Community Foundation to deploy resources and get this community back on track.

“Our focus is really on taking care of our staff, our employees and our partners and making sure they have what they need. We took care of the transportation, made sure they had food, water and all those resources,” she said.

The tornado, with peak winds estimated at 155 mph, tore off the roof of the Amazon facility just after 8:30 p.m. and caused the building to collapse on its own.

The image of the aftermath of a tornado is indescribable. The National Weather Service survey found EF-3 damaged. However, the survey is ongoing and the tornado’s rating may increase.

Angela Potter, assistant director of Pontoon Express, said: “Watching that tornado hit and just turning around gave me chills.

Potter is no stranger to tornados; When she heard the whistle, she took her daughters to the basement.

“I have a number of people who live close by so I am very worried about them. All the Amazon families involved, it could be any of my customers. It could be anyone I know. So I, you know, I got scared and panicked,” she said.

Her boyfriend works at a FedEx facility not too far from the Amazon facility.

“And they were taken to a safe haven within hours,” said Potter. She was much relieved, then he was sent home.

At least 45 Amazon employees made it out safely from the rubble of the 500,000-square-foot facility, according to Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford.

Right now, everyone in the community is doing what they can to help.

“I know there are a lot of different organizations that are helping right now. So I think people are just trying to come together as a community and help,” Potter said.

The City of Edwardsville said that anyone interested in reporting a loved one may be missing in this incident should contact the Edwardsville Police Department at 618-656-2131. Information regarding a missing person will be collected and forwarded to the Coroner’s Office, who will coordinate efforts to locate and account for anyone still believed to be missing.

Any resident with substantial damage to their home or property may contact United Way by calling 211 and a representative will collect the necessary information and direct it to relevant agencies. appropriate authority. 6 victims in the Amazon warehouse collapse identified


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