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Amazon works to help DuPont amid state of emergency and its own peak holiday rush

Cars drive away from Amazon.com's fulfillment center in DuPont in 2015. Amazon had to quickly form alternative routes for workers in the aftermath of the nearby fatal Amtrak derailment.
Cars drive away from Amazon.com's fulfillment center in DuPont in 2015. Amazon had to quickly form alternative routes for workers in the aftermath of the nearby fatal Amtrak derailment. Associated Press file, 2015

The transportation disruption from Monday’s fatal Amtrak crash has tested for Amazon’s crisis management, with one of its fulfillment centers near the crash site.

On Monday, DuPont declared a state of emergency as a result of the accident near Mounts Road, activating its emergency operations center.

“Our team worked with local law enforcement on establishing alternative travel routes for associate commutes and the team is still working diligently fulfilling customer orders in time for the holidays,” Ashley Robinson, an Amazon spokeswoman, said in an emailed response Tuesday to The News Tribune.

“Customer orders and delivery times will not be impacted as we have a robust network of fulfillment centers that can support.”

Amazon says it’s been helping supply basic supplies, since DuPont has become the epicenter of gathering areas for families and investigators.

“We have been working with DuPont city leaders to help provide supplies, such as water and food for the (family) reunification center,” Robinson said.

Debbie Cockrell: 253-597-8364, @Debbie_Cockrell

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