Part of highway between Mississippi and Louisiana washes away, 2 dead and 10 injured

Two people died and ten others were injured after part of a highway was washed away on Monday night near the town of Lucedale, Mississippi, officials said.

The incident occurred on the two-lane Highway 26 in George County, Trooper Cal Robertson of the Mississippi Highway Patrol told reporters.

The washout was likely related to the rain from Hurricane Ida.

Seven vehicles went into the hole created by the washout, according to Robertson. It’s about 50 feet in length and 20 feet deep.

“I’ve never seen anything in my 23 years in law enforcement like this,” he said.

Three of those injured were in critical condition, he added. Highway 26 is a main artery between Mississippi and Louisiana.

Mississippi has been battered by torrential rain from Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Sunday.

On Monday night, the system was about 80 miles north northeast of Jackson, Mississippi, as a tropical depression and heading toward Tennessee, according to the National Hurricane Center.

More than 58,000 people in Mississippi remain without power due to the storm, according to PowerOutage.US.