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

Torrential rains may have caused the collapse, and drivers may not have seen the pavement disappeared Monday night, said Cal Robertson of the Mississippi Highway Patrol.

“Some of these cars are stacked on top of each other,” he said.

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

WDSU-TV reported that state soldiers, rescue workers and rescue teams intervened on Highway 26 west of Lucedale, about 60 miles northeast of Biloxi, to find the tracks east and west have collapsed. Robertson said the hole was about 50 to 60 feet long and 20 to 30 feet deep.

The identities and conditions of those involved in the crash were not immediately disclosed.

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

Ida hit the shore on Sunday as a Category 4 storm, one of the most powerful to ever hit the Americas. It cut off power to much of Southeast Louisiana and southern Mississippi, blowing up the roofs of buildings and reversing the flow of the Mississippi River.

Joe Biden held a virtual meeting with Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves on Monday, as well as Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards and the mayors of towns and parishes most affected by Hurricane Ida. The President received an update on the impact of the storm and discussed how the federal government can provide assistance.

“We coordinate closely with national and local authorities every step of the way,” Biden said.


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