EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — Governor JB Pritzker confirmed six people died when an Amazon warehouse collapsed in Edwardsville during a tornado Friday night.
A search and rescue is underway there as multiple people are still trapped inside the facility after the storm caused massive damage.
The collapse happened around 8:33 p.m. Friday at the warehouse near I-270 and Illinois Route 111, according to the Edwardsville Police Department.
Officials are waiting to release the names of thos e killed but Clayton Cope’s mother is on the scene and said she learned her son didn’t survive. She said he was a maintenance worker at the facility.
Several workers have escaped but officials say the search could continue well into Saturday.
According to the Associated Press, Amazon spokesperson Richard Rocha released the following statement : “The safety and well-being of our employees and partners is our top priority right now. We’re assessing the situation and will share additional information when it’s available.”
On Saturday the company issued the following statement: “Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathies are with the victims, their loved ones, and everyone impacted. This is a devastating tragedy for our Amazon family and our focus is on supporting our employees and partners.”
Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker said the Illinois State Police and disaster officials were coordinating with local officials in Edwardsville, and he was monitoring the situation.
“My prayers are with the people of Edwardsville tonight, and I’ve reached out to the mayor to provide any needed state resources,” he said.