Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured after a roadway collapsed in Mississippi on Monday night.
Mississippi Highway Patrol, emergency personnel, and rescue teams responded to Highway 26 in George County, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Biloxi, to find both the east and westbound lanes collapsed, troopers confirmed.
Cpl. Cal Robertson with the Mississippi Highway Patrol said the collapse is around 50 to 60 feet in length and 20 to 30 feet deep. Robertson said seven vehicles were involved in the incident and that, “some of these cars are stacked on top of each other.”
Cranes will be needed to get the cars out of the hole, he said. Robertson believes the torrential amount of rain may have caused the roadway to collapse, adding that drivers may not have seen the roadway in front of them was impassable. The identities and conditions of those involved in the accident have not yet been released.
Storm Also Brings Unexpected Dangers
Hurricane Ida has destroyed homes, left millions without power, and killed at least two people. But perhaps most ominous, it’s brought danger in the water that’s flooding into communities.
Officials say a man was attacked by an alligator in some of those flooded Louisiana waters Monday. The man’s wife witnessed the attack that happened near the city of Slidell, which is just across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.
The attack took the man’s arm off and his wife went to call for help. When she returned, he had disappeared in the floodwaters. The man’s body hasn’t been recovered and officials were investigating.
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