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.
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.
The hole is around 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 meters) long and 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) deep.
Seven vehicles were involved, including a motorcycle. A crane was brought in to lift them out of the hole.
The identities and conditions of the of those involved in the accident have not yet been released.
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.
More than 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain fell in the area during Ida, according to the National Weather Service.
Between 3,100 and 5,700 vehicles drive along the stretch of two-lane highway on an average day, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation data.
Just 5 days ago, a large bean field collapsed and fell 25 feet overnight in rural Minnesota, baffling farmers and experts…
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. [AP]
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Fissures and cracks, soggy earth weighs more, and then you get a sinkhole collapse-a-thon.
Hope the poor people are alright.