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Tragedy Strikes Amazon BWI5 Sortation Center in Maryland


Amazon logoA storm struck an Amazon sortation center in Baltimore, Maryland yesterday resulting in two deaths. The facility, known as BWI5, is located at Holabird Ave. Amazon Senior Vice President of Operations Dave Clark posted two updates on Twitter where he confirmed the two fatalities.

The Fire Chief said a 50-foot wall collapsed as the storm swept through the area, according to the Baltimore Sun. A reporter from a local television station posted a picture of the damage, and others posted photos on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

There appears to have been tornadic activity in some parts of Maryland yesterday, but according to the Washington Post, it has yet to be determined if it the wall collapse at the Amazon facility was due to straight line wind or tornadic activity.

It’s not clear how Amazon will communicate with customers and with FBA sellers who have items stored and orders being processed in Maryland.

Amazon workers communicated with each other on the Amazon BWI5 Facebook page. We join in extending our sympathies to the workers’ families and the Amazon community impacted by the tragedy.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com. See disclosure at EcommerceBytes.com/disclosure/.