Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

2 contractors killed in Amazon warehouse collapse in Baltimore

4Credit Rachel Wyatt 4Credit Rachel Wyatt
Orlando Vargas | 05 November, 2018, 10:58

At least two people died in the partial collapse of an Amazon.com Inc distribution warehouse.

According to the reports, a weather-related building collapsed at Amazon's distribution warehouse in Baltimore's southeast in Maryland on Friday.

Amazon said the victims were "third-party contractors" and not Amazon employees.

Chief Roman Clark tells the Sun that a 15-metre wall collapsed today at the Amazon Fulfillment Centre as a storm hit the area.

Clark said the body of a second person was pulled from the rubble around 7:30 a.m. Saturday. "We apologize for the inconvenience to our customers and are working quickly to resolve", Amazon spokeswoman Rachael Lightly said in a statement to WJZ.

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Officials are unaware of any other injuries but are continuing to assess the scene. "The safety of our employees and contractors is our top priority and at this time the building remains closed", Lighty said in an email. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families impacted by last night's tragic event, ' the spokesperson added.

Images taken from outside the facility showed a badly damaged truck and a knocked over light pole, the Sun reports.

The tornado briefly lifted before touching down again at an apartment complex in Dundalk.

The National Weather Service is determining whether the storm's strong winds can be classified as a tornado.

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