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Two killed, 10 injured in Mississippi highway collapse in Ida aftermath

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Two people were killed and at least 10 others injured when their vehicles plunged into a huge hole that suddenly opened up in a highway after Hurricane Ida blew through Mississippi.

Shocking photos and videos show seven mangled vehicles — including a motorbike — stuck in the gaping gap of Highway 26 west of Lucedale late Monday.

The hole was up to 60 feet long and 30 feet deep and suddenly opened up in front of the drivers on the busy highway, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cp. Cal Robertson said.

“Some of these cars are stacked on top of each other,” the officer said, with both the east and westbound lanes having collapsed.

Local news outlets showed cranes removing the cars into the early hours Tuesday. “It’s a grim scene,” WKRG’s Brianna Hollis tweeted, blaming it on “Ida’s aftermath.”

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

The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a highway collapse west of Lucedale Tuesday morning.
The Mississippi Highway Patrol responded to the scene of a highway collapse west of Lucedale Tuesday morning.
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A car is removed from the scene after the highway collapse.
A car is removed from the scene after the highway collapse.
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A muddy vehicle is lifted near the collapse site.
A muddy vehicle is lifted near the collapse site.
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Vehicles stuck out of the ground after plummeting from the highway.
Vehicles stuck out of the ground after plummeting from the highway.
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Officials respond at the scene of the fatal collapse.
Officials respond at the scene of the fatal collapse.
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Although a cause for the shocking collapse has yet to be confirmed, more than 8 inches of rain fell in the area during Ida which has caused widespread damage in the region.

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

A mangled car seen at the scene.
A mangled car seen at the scene.
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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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