An employee at an Amazon warehouse in Illinois is among the first to be identified among at least 70 people who may have died in a tornado that tore through six US states overnight.
Clayton Cope, 29, a maintenance worker, was among at least six people confirmed dead at an Amazon warehouse in Edwardsville, Illinois, where tornadoes nearly leveled parts of the facility. online retailer.
Carla Cope, Clayton’s mother, told The Daily Beast on Saturday that she warned her son to “go to the shelter,” but he wanted to warn his colleagues of what to expect first.
“He just said he needed to tell someone that [the tornado] arrived,” she said. “He’s got a big heart and he’s a very sweet man.”
A friend described Mr Cope in the newspaper as the “one-of-a-kind” who would “take off his shirt and show his back to anyone…buy anyone a drink at the bar.”
The 29-year-old candidate is also a Navy veteran who served as an avionics technician for six years before leaving the service with a collection of medals and starting work at Amazon earlier this year. .
The maintenance worker loves to fish and rides his Harley, according to his mother.
The facility where he works, a short distance from St. Louis, Missouri, not far away, was severely damaged in the tornado.
“About half of that is missing, it’s gone,” Mark Mayfield of the Edwardsville Fire Department said Saturday.
A total of 6 people died at the facility, another was injured and 45 were rescued from the building, where the building collapsed 150 meters.
“We have been closely monitoring the terrible situation in Edwardsville, and are deeply saddened by the loss of our team members. Our thoughts are with their families at this difficult time,” Amazon CEO Andy Jassy said in a statement Saturday. “As this situation continues to evolve, I want our Edwardsville community to know that we are working closely with local officials and first responders to assist them. My deepest sympathies are with the Amazon community and all affected. ”
At least 30 tornadoes have hit across six states, including Arkansas, Illinois, Missouri, Tennessee and Kentucky, where tornadoes hit more than 200 miles away and severe weather could have killed up to 100 people across 10 counties or more.
“This is the most devastating tornado event in our state’s history,” Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear said at a news conference.
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