Mississippi highway collapses, 2 drept, at least 10 skadet

Mississippi highway collapses, 2 drept, at least 10 skadet
Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured after a roadway collapsed in Mississippi on Monday night

Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured when their vehicles plunged into a deep hole where a highway collapsed after Orkanen 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," han sa. Seven vehicles were involved, including a motorcycle. A crane was brought in to lift them out of the hole.

WDSU-TV reports state troopers, emergency workers and rescue teams responded to Highway 26 west of Lucedale, Om 60 miles (96 kilometer) northeast of Biloxi, to find both the east and westbound lanes collapsed. Robertson said the hole is around 50 til 60 føtter (15 til 18 meter) long and 20 til 30 føtter (6 til 9 meter) dyp.

The identities and conditions of the of those involved in the accident have not yet been released.

Mer enn 8 tommer (20 centimeter) of rain fell in the area during Ida, ifølge National Weather Service

Between 3,100 og 5,700 vehicles drive along the stretch of two-lane highway on an average day, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation data.

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 elven

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