Woman killed after supermarket shelves collapse ‘like dominoes’ crushing nine

A young woman was killed after five huge metal supermarket shelves fell on her.

Elane de Oliveira Rodrigues, 21, had only been working at the store for three months when the tragedy occurred.

Six other people were injured and taken to hospital for treatment, and two others who suffered minor cuts and bruises took themselves home.

CCTV from the Mateus Atacarejo Mix Supermarket in São Luís, Brazil, shows the moment on Friday October 2 when the towering shelves toppled like dominoes

Shocked shoppers scrambled to get out of the way as the shelves crashed to the floor, before returning to help people who were trapped underneath.

They formed a human chain to remove masses of shop stocking order to check no-one else was trapped. One man was seen carrying a small child from the debris.

The search for victims continued throughout the night. Rescuers called out to tell survivors to use their mobile phones to signal where they were.

The 11-hour search, involving 270 firefighters, was finally called off on Saturday morning.

One of Elane’s cousins, Ruan Alysson, told local press: “She was so happy with her new job because she had just started working as a shelf stacker for the company three months ago.

"The last picture she took of herself on her phone, in her blue work T-shirt, was on the shop floor.”

The Mateus Group issued a statement confirming Elane’s death and saying all was being done to find, save and support the victims.

The statement read: “It is with deep regret that the Mateus Group (joins in) solidarity with the family of Elane de Oliveira Rodrigues who, unfortunately, died in the accident".

The tragic incident will be fully investigated has been launched by police as well as health and safety officials.

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