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(Lucedale) Two people were killed and at least 10 others injured when their vehicle crashed into a deep hole in which a freeway collapsed after Hurricane Ida crossed the Mississippi.
Posted on Aug 31, 2021 at 7:46 am
Torrential rain could have caused the collapse, and drivers may not have seen the sidewalk in front of them disappear Monday night, said Cal Robertson, a non-commissioned officer with the Mississippi Highway Patrol.
“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 pull her out of the hole.
WDSU-TV reports that state soldiers, frontline workers and rescue teams reacted on Highway 26 west of Lucedale, about 60 miles northeast of Biloxi, to find that the east and west tracks have collapsed. Corporal Robertson said the hole was approximately 15 to 18 meters long and 6 to 9 meters deep.
Nothing has yet been known about the identity and state of health of those involved in the accident.
According to the National Meteorological Service, more than 200 millimeters of rain fell in the region during the passage from Ida.
According to the Mississippi Department of Transportation, between 3,100 and 5,700 vehicles use the two-lane stretch of freeway every day.
Ida hit as a Category 4 hurricane, one of the strongest to hit America on Sunday. It caused a blackout in much of southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi, tore down the roofs of buildings and reversed the Mississippi River.