Mississippi highway collapses, 2 killed, pelo menos 10 ferido

Mississippi highway collapses, 2 killed, pelo menos 10 ferido
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 Furacão 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," ele disse. 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, cerca de 60 milhas (96 quilômetros) northeast of Biloxi, to find both the east and westbound lanes collapsed. Robertson said the hole is around 50 para 60 pés (15 para 18 metros) long and 20 para 30 pés (6 para 9 metros) profundo.

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

Mais que 8 polegadas (20 centímetros) of rain fell in the area during Ida, de acordo com Serviço Nacional de Meteorologia

Between 3,100 e 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 River

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