Jeff Bezos on Saturday night time stated he was “heartbroken” over the deaths of no less than six Amazon workers in an Illinois warehouse hit by a twister Friday.
The Amazon founder was blasted on social media earlier Saturday for failing to say the lethal incident in Edwardsville whereas cheering on his newest group of area vacationers in an Instagram publish.
“The news from Edwardsville is tragic,” he lastly stated in an announcement on Twitter at around 9 p.m. “We’re heartbroken over the loss of our teammates there, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.”
“All of Edwardsville should know that the Amazon team is committed to supporting them and will be by their side through this crisis,” the publish continued. “We extend our fullest gratitude to all the incredible first responders who have worked so tirelessly at the site.”
The assertion got here 24 hours after the twister struck, and after Bezos had posted a photograph on Instagram with the newest crew of his New Shepard rocket, together with former NFL champion Michael Strahan.
“Happy crew this morning in the training center,” he wrote.
Bezos was spotted high fiving the Blue Origin crew after they returned from a 10-minute flight in West Texas, as he greeted them on the door of the capsule.
Several social media customers ripped the billionaire over the celebration, with one writing, “It’s really sickening if you want my honest opinion.”
“Jeff Bezos has said absolutely NOTHING on the lives lost at his facility in Illinois after a catastrophic tornado left numerous workers trapped. But sure, go play wannabe space men for 10 minutes. Unreal,” Twitter person Joshua Dyer posted over video of the touchdown festivities.
Amazon spokesman Richard Roche issued an announcement on Saturday morning, saying, “this is a devastating tragedy for our Amazon family and our focus is on supporting our employees and partners.”
The twister, a part of a storm system that killed no less than 70 folks throughout 5 states, hit the success focus on 8:30 p.m. Friday night time whereas employees had been in the midst of a shift change, officers stated.
In addition to the six fatalities, one other employee was injured and 45 others needed to be rescued from the football-field sized warehouse, positioned about 15 miles East of St. Louis, Missouri.
Edwardsville Fire Chief James Whiteford stated that the tornado prompted the ability’s 40-foot-tall, 11-inch-thick partitions to break down, forcing a roof to break down in a piece of the warehouse. He stated there have been two areas within the constructing the place many of the survivors had been positioned. It didn’t have a basement.
Due to the shift change, Amazon was not capable of precisely say what number of employees had been contained in the constructing when the twister hit, however officers switched their “search and recovery” from “search and rescue” on Saturday, not believing there could possibly be any extra survivors.
One of the victims was recognized as Clayton Cope, a 29-year-old Amazon upkeep employee whose mom confirmed to Fox 2 St. Louis that he was among the many victims.