6 dead, 1 injured, 45 rescued as recovery efforts continue at Ill. Amazon facility

Recovery operations continue after the partial collapse of an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Edwardsville, Illinois on December 12, 2021. - The facility was damaged by a tornado on December 10, 2021. The confirmed number of fatalities has been raised from two to six people. (Photo by Tim Vizer / AFP) (Photo by TIM VIZER/AFP via Getty Images)

Recovery operations continue after the partial collapse of an Amazon Fulfillment Center in Edwardsville, Illinois on December 12, 2021. (Photo by TIM VIZER/AFP via Getty Images)

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UPDATED 9:21 AM PT – Sunday, December 12, 2021

At least six Amazon warehouse employees were killed after a series of tornadoes ripped through the Northern Midwest region.

Several people remained unaccounted for in the facility on Sunday, while one person remains at a local hospital in critical condition as rescue officials continue to search through the rubble for more survivors. Reports indicated there were more than 50 employees at the distribution center in Edwardsville, Illinois Friday night, though the shifts were changing and the true number of employees remains unknown.

Reports said the EF-3 tornado caused the facility’s 40-foot high walls to collapse, forcing the roof to cave in.

“Earlier this afternoon, the response portion of this incident came to a close, and we’re now focused solely on recovery. Through our efforts so far, we identified 45 personnel who made it out of the building safely,” said Chief James Whiteford of the Edwardsville Fire Department. “One who had to be airlifted to a regional hospital for treatment and six fatalities. We’re continuing to search the site for evidence of life and we’ll continue recovery operations until all personnel are accounted for.”

The tornado was one of more than 30 which ravaged through the Midwest over the weekend, leveling entire towns across six states.

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