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Mississippi highway collapses, leaving at least 2 dead, 10 injured after vehicles fell into pit

At least two people are dead after at least 7 vehicles fell into a pit, where a highway in Mississippi collapsed Monday night.

According to WDSU-TV, State troopers, emergency and rescue teams responded to the incident and discovered that the east and westbound lanes of Highway 26 had collapsed. Mississippi Highway Patrol Cp. Cal Robertson said the collapsed hole is about 50 to 60 feet across, and 20 to 30 feet deep and theorized that the drivers may not have seen the road collapse as they drove along the highway on Monday night.

“Some of these cars are stacked on top of each other,” said Cp. Cal Robertson. Two dead and at least ten others were injured, but authorities have not released their identities and conditions as of yet.

Authorities believe the collapse may have been caused by the Category 4 storm,Hurricane Ida, which the National Weather Service said brought more than eight inches of rain to the area where the highway collapsed. The powerful storm hit the U.S. mainland, causing power outages, wind damage and even temporarily reversed the flow of the Mississippi river (Daily Caller).

ARTICLE: TAMMY FISHBACK

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: CLARION LEDGER

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