Mississippi Highway Collapse Sends Vehicles Plunging, Killing 2

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Two radical were killed and astatine slightest 10 others were injured erstwhile their vehicles plunged into a heavy spread wherever a road collapsed aft Hurricane Ida blew done Mississippi.

Torrential rainfall whitethorn person caused the collapse, and the drivers whitethorn not person seen that the roadway successful beforehand of them had disappeared Monday night, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cp. Cal Robertson said.

“Some of these cars are stacked connected apical of each other,” helium said. Seven vehicles were involved, including a motorcycle. A crane was brought successful to assistance them retired of the hole.

NBC affiliate WDSU-TV reports that authorities troopers, exigency workers and rescue teams responded to Highway 26 westbound of Lucedale, astir 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Biloxi, to find some the eastbound and westbound lanes collapsed. Robertson said the spread is astir 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 meters) agelong and 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) deep.

Photos: Mississippi Highway Collapses, Sending Vehicles Plunging

The identities and conditions of the of those progressive successful the mishap person not yet been released.

More than 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rainfall fell successful the country during Ida, according to the National Weather Service.

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Between 3,100 and 5,700 vehicles thrust on the agelong of two-lane road connected an mean day, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation data.

Hurricane Ida blasted ashore Sunday arsenic a Category 4 storm, 1 of the astir almighty ever to deed the U.S. mainland. It knocked retired powerfulness to overmuch of southeastern Louisiana and confederate Mississippi, blowing roofs disconnected buildings and reversing the travel of the Mississippi River.

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