CHICAGO (AP) – Search efforts at an Amazon facility in Illinois where at least six people were killed in a tornado Friday night, including a 62-year-old Carlyle man.
Edwardsville officials say Kevin D. Dickey of Carlyle was among six workers confirmed to have died in the Amazon building collapse.
A search for additional victims is expected to take several days. But authorities don’t expect to find more survivors and the local coroner says there are no pending reports of missing people related to the building collapse.
The company has not said how many people were in the building not far from St. Louis when the tornado hit at 8:35 p.m. Friday.
Both sides of the warehouse used to prepare orders for delivery collapsed inward and the roof caved.
Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford said police helped pull people from the rubble.
Officials have identified 45 personnel who made it out of the building safely. One had to be airlifted to a regional hospital for treatment and six others were fatalities.
Amazon Chairman Jeff Bezos in a Twitter message said the Amazon team was committed to them and will be by their side during the crisis.
Gov. JB Pritzker said recovery help will be available and that President Joe Biden has offered to assist with whatever may be needed to recover.
The EF3 tornado that hit the path between Pontoon Beach and Edwardsville appears to be on the same line of storms that created an EF1 tornado on a line from one mile south of Sorrento in Bond County to seven miles northeast of Ramsey in Fayette County. The storm then built up strength before hitting Herrick with what’s believed to have been an EF2 tornado.
Strong winds brought down several trees and power lines in Marion County resulting in a small number of power outages.
While the National Weather Service reported what appeared to be tornado activity on radar near Shattuc, Patoka, and Kinmundy resulting in a tornado warning being issued late Friday night no touchdowns were confirmed on the ground.