Two dead as Hurricane Ida collapses highway in Mississippi

Two people died and at least 10 were injured when their vehicles plunged into a deep hole where a highway collapsed after Hurricane Ida blew through Mississippi.

Torrential rain may have caused the collapse, and the drivers may not have seen that the roadway had disappeared on Monday night, Cal Robertson of the Mississippi highway patrol said.

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Seven vehicles were involved, including a motorcycle. A crane was brought in to lift them out of the hole.

WDSU-TV reported that state troopers, emergency workers and rescue teams responded to Highway 26 west of Lucedale, di 60 miles north-east of Biloxi, to find both the east and westbound lanes collapsed. Robertson said the hole was around 50ft to 60ft long and 20ft to 30ft deep.

The identities and conditions of those involved in the accident were not immediately released.

More than 8in of rain fell in the area during Ida, according to the National Weather Service.

Ida blasted ashore on Sunday as a category 4 storm, one of the most powerful ever to hit the US mainland. It knocked out power to much of south-eastern Louisiana and southern Mississippi, blowing roofs off buildings and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River.

Joe Biden met virtually on Monday with Mississippi’s governor, Tate Reeves, along with the Louisiana governor, John Bel Edwards, and mayors from cities and parishes most affected by Hurricane Ida. The president received an update on the storm’s impact, and discussed how the federal government can provide assistance.

“We are closely coordinating with state and local officials every step of the way,” Biden said.

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