(Lucidale) Two people were killed and at least 10 were injured when a vehicle overturned into a deep hole as Hurricane Ida passed over Mississippi.
The storm may have caused rain to fall, and drivers may not have seen their front lane disappear Monday night, said Miss Robertson, a 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 it out of the hole.
WDSU-TV reports that state soldiers, lead personnel and rescue teams responded to Highway 26 west of Lucidale, 96 kilometers northeast of Phlox, to find that the east and west tracks had collapsed. Corporal Robertson said the hole was approximately 15 to 18 meters long and 6 to 9 meters deep.
The identity and health of those involved in the crash have not yet been released.
According to the National Weather Service, more than 200 millimeters of rain fell in the region during the Ida passage.
Every day, 3,100 to 5,700 vehicles travel on the two-lane highway, according to data from the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
Ida Type 4 hurricane struck Sunday, making it one of the strongest to hit the United States. It caused power outages throughout southeastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, tearing the roofs of buildings and altering the flow of the Mississippi River.