When it rains, it pours. A wall at the Morton Salt building in Chicago collapsed on Tuesday afternoon. The incident caused an avalanche of salt which covered about a dozen cars in the Acura lot next door.
Building collapse. Elston and Potomac Morton salt pic.twitter.com/p6pmQjU4JI
— Chicago Fire Media (@CFDMedia) December 30, 2014
The exact cause of the collapse hasn’t been determined yet but a preliminary inspection found that the salt was probably piled too high inside the building. Mimi Simon, the Chicago Department of Buildings Director of Public Affairs, said: “A preliminary inspection determined that salt inside the building structure was piled too high causing the exterior wall to fail.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) December 31, 2014
Noble Jones, the general manager of the McGrath Accura Dealership, said that he is currently trying to contact customers to alert them about the accident.
Jones said: “Right now we are just trying to figure out who are the customers and get in touch we them so they don’t find out about this at the last minute … I just couldn’t imagine this happening to us on this particular day going into the end of the year. It’s a busy day for us and usually we are more worried about selling cars than saving cars.”
— Slate (@Slate) December 30, 2014