2 dead after Amazon building collapse in severe weather

Eileen GuzmanNov 05, 2018

The National Weather Service confirmed an EF1 tornado toppled a tractor-trailer on Interstate 95 in Baltimore then struck the Amazon distribution facility with winds as high as 105 mph and then traveled 2.5 miles through Baltimore County.

Baltimore fire officials say a 50x50 foot wall collapsed as a storm hit the area around 10:30 that night.

An Amazon official says the two people killed after part of a distribution warehouse in Baltimore collapsed amid severe weather weren't employees of the online retail giant, but worked for an outside company.

Two people are dead after a partial building collapse late Friday at an Amazon warehouse near Baltimore, the city's fire chief said.

Another person is unaccounted for.

The first man was found under some debris and was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead from his injuries. "The whole side (of the building) was just dropping", he said.

Brandon McBride, an employee who was working onsite at the time of the incident, told CNN-affiliate WBAL that he was standing inside the building when he and a facility worker suddenly "heard these loud noises".

"We are incredibly thankful for the quick response from emergency services", she added.

Amazon closed the entire building following the wall collapse. "Our thoughts go out to all families impacted by this evening's severe weather".

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