Mississippi Highway washed away by heavy rainfall: Two deaths and 10 injuries.
Officials in Mississippi said two people were killed, and 10 more were injured Monday night when a portion of a highway was washed away near Lucedale.
Trooper Cal Robertson, Mississippi Highway Patrol, said that the incident occurred on Highway 26 in George County. He said that the washout was probably caused by rain from Hurricane Ida.
Robertson said that seven vehicles were able to get into the hole caused by the washout. He said it measures approximately 50 feet long and 20 feet deep.
He said, “I have never seen anything like this in my 23 years of law enforcement.”
He added that three of the injured were in critical condition.
According to the George County Sheriff’s Office, Highway 26 connects Mississippi and Louisiana.
Mississippi was hit hard by torrential rains from Ida. The storm made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane. According to the National Hurricane Center, the system was approximately 80 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, as a tropical depression, and headed toward Tennessee at 10 p.m. on Monday.
According to PowerOutage.US, Mississippi’s storm left more than 58,000 people without power.