Mississippi highway collapses in Ida aftermath, killing 2

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Mississippi highway collapses in Ida aftermath, killing 2

LUCEDALE, Miss. — Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured when their vehicles plunged into a deep hole where a highway collapsed after Hurricane Ida blew through Mississippi.

Torrential rain may have caused the collapse, and the drivers may not have seen that the roadway in front of them had disappeared Monday night, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cp. Cal Robertson said.

“Some of these cars are stacked on top of each other,” he said. Seven vehicles were involved, including a motorcycle. A crane was brought in to lift them out of the hole.

WDSU-TV reports that state troopers, emergency workers and rescue teams responded to Highway 26 west of Lucedale, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Biloxi, to find both the east and westbound lanes collapsed. Robertson said the hole is around 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 meters) long and 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) deep.

The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a highway collapse west of Lucedale Tuesday morning.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a highway collapse west of Lucedale Tuesday morning.
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A car is removed from the scene after the highway collapse.
A car is removed from the scene after the highway collapse.
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A muddy vehicle is lifted near the collapse site.
A muddy vehicle is lifted near the collapse site.
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Vehicles stuck out of the ground after plummeting from the highway.
Vehicles stuck out of the ground after plummeting from the highway.
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Officials respond at the scene of the fatal collapse.
Officials respond at the scene of the fatal collapse.
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The identities and conditions of the of those involved in the accident have not yet been released.

Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday as a Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful ever to hit the U.S. mainland. It knocked out power to much of southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, blowing roofs off buildings and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River.

A mangled car seen at the scene.
A mangled car seen at the scene.
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