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The shelves in the Brazilian supermarket collapse in a domino effect and kill a worker


Shocking moment Towering shelves in a Brazilian supermarket fall on top of each other in a domino effect, crushing one worker to death and injuring eight others

  • Eight people, including employees and customers, were injured in the accident on Friday
  • The shelves collapsed in the Mateus Atacarejo Mix supermarket in São Luís
  • The dead victim was identified as 21-year-old shop worker Elane de Oliveira Rodrigues
  • She had worked in the supermarket for three months before she was killed

This is the shocking moment when the shelves of a Brazilian supermarket collapse in a domino effect, pushing a worker to death.

Eight people, including employees and customers, were injured in the accident late Friday evening at the Mateus Atacarejo Mix supermarket in São Luís, northern Brazil.

The dead victim was identified as 21-year-old Elane de Oliveira Rodrigues. She had worked in the supermarket for three months and had been crushed under falling products in the aisle where she had stacked shelves.

Six other people in the same location were wounded and rescued by emergency services. They were taken to the hospital and have since been released. Two other victims, rescued by people at the scene, suffered abrasions and minor injuries and were allowed to go home.

Eight people, including employees and customers, were injured in the accident late on Friday evening in the Mateus Atacarejo Mix supermarket in São Luís, northern Brazil (Image: shelves collapse in the supermarket)

The dead victim was identified as 21-year-old Elane de Oliveira Rodrigues. She had worked in the supermarket for three months and had been crushed under falling products in the aisle where she had stacked shelves.

The dead victim was identified as 21-year-old Elane de Oliveira Rodrigues. She had worked in the supermarket for three months and had been crushed under falling products in the aisle where she had stacked shelves.

The dead victim was identified as 21-year-old Elane de Oliveira Rodrigues. She had worked in the supermarket for three months and had been crushed under falling products in the aisle where she had stacked shelves.

Rescue workers searching stacks of supermarket goods after the accident

Rescue workers searching stacks of supermarket goods after the accident

The retail store was at its busiest and full of shoppers around 8:15 p.m. at the time of the disaster.

CCTV captured the moment when the metal structures to the right of the screen began to fall, creating a domino effect on other huge shelves in front of them, piled high with goods.

Salespeople and customers at the checkouts stopped when they heard a thunderous noise. Then everyone panicked and fled when they saw the shelves fall on top of each other.

As people stormed back into the slaughter to search for survivors, screams of the injured rang out and the footage showed huge piles of food and commercial products mixed with metal shops and rubble.

A man was seen carrying a small child out of the rubble.

And one woman cried in despair and disbelief as she filmed the horror scene.

Eyewitnesses formed chain gangs outside the store to remove the piles of damaged supplies. A video shows lines of people throwing the products from one to the other to clear the area and locate survivors buried underneath.

The words Neto Verdelho posted in the video are: “Never lose faith in humanity! People who help take things out to find the people below. & # 39;

Teams of firefighters, police and emergency services (SAMU) reacted immediately to the scene.

The search for victims continued throughout the night with rescuers in reflective vests calling for silence as they called to the victims buried under the storage shelves to signal where they were by ringing their cell phones or making a noise with them they could be found.

The rescue operation lasted more than 11 hours and involved over 270 firefighters. The search officially ended on Saturday morning

Ruan Alysson, the victim's cousin, told the local press: & # 39; (Elane) was so happy with her new job because she had just started working as a stacker for the company three months ago.

"The last picture she took of herself on her cell phone in her blue work t-shirt was in the workshop."

In a statement, the Mateus Group, which operates one of the city's largest supermarket chains, regretted the accident and stressed that everything was done to find, rescue and support the victims. They later confirmed the death of the worker.

"It is with great regret that the Mateus Group joins the family of Elane de Oliveira Rodrigues, who unfortunately died in the accident."

There is still no information on what caused the collapse, but there are suspicions that an accident with a forklift may have caused one of the gondolas to fall, leading to the tragedy.

A full investigation has been launched by health and safety officials and the police.

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