Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Multiple people trapped after roof collapse at Amazon warehouse

Multiple people trapped after roof collapse at Amazon warehouse

ILLINOIS (Reuters) – Multiple people were trapped after a roof partially collapsed at an Amazon.com Inc facility near St. Louis, after tornadoes and strong storms blew through the area, media reported.

The warehouse in Edwardsville in southern Illinois was damaged after a severe weather event occurred around 8:33 p.m. (02:33 GMT on Saturday), the authorities said, adding that local police and fire departments have a search and rescue operations in place.

Authorities did not confirm that there were people trapped in the facility.

"My prayers are with the people of Edwardsville tonight, and I've reached out to the mayor to provide any needed state resources," Illinois Governor JB Pritzker tweeted.

Amazon was assessing the situation and damage at the facility, a spokesperson said in a statement.

The US National Weather Service had issued tornado warnings on Friday night for areas in several states including Arkansas, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois.