Two workers were killed when an Amazon sorting facility in Baltimore partially collapsed during severe weather Friday, Nov. 2.
Amazon workers told Baltimore’s WBAL Channel 11 that it was business as usual until they heard loud noises, which one worker described as “bombs dropping everywhere.” The power went off and suddenly parts of the facility started to collapse.
Baltimore City Fire Department Chief Roman Clark told the Baltimore Sun that a 50-foot wall at the Amazon facility collapsed when a severe storm blew though the area.
According to WMAR Channel 2 Baltimore, emergency responders pulled one worker from the debris Friday night and took him to a nearby hospital where he later died.
The body of the second worker was recovered the following day.
Baltimore City Fire Department officials identified the two workers as 54-year-old Andrew Lindsey and Isreal Espana Argote, age unknown.
The men were not Amazon workers but employees of a third-party contractor.
“Last night severe weather impacted one of our Baltimore facilities resulting in 2 fatalities,” Amazon senior vice-president of operations Dave Clark tweeted. “Thank you to the emergency response teams who have been working through the night. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those impacted by yesterday’s tragic event.”
The deadly building collapse occurred at Amazon’s facility BW15, a sorting facility that preps orders for shipping. Amazon opened the Baltimore facility about four years ago.
The National Weather Service said that much of the storm damage in Baltimore was the result of an EF-1 tornado spawned by severe weather patterns in the area. The agency said it was sending a survey team to the Amazon facility to determine whether it was hit by the tornado.