Mississippi authorities said that seven vehicles plunged, one after another, into a deep hole where a dark, rural highway collapsed leaving two people killed and at least 10 others injured on Tuesday, August 31.
AL.com reported that copious rains caused the collapse on Monday night, and the drivers may have failed to see that the road in front of them disappeared. Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Cal Robertson said that the George County Sheriff’s Department received the first call about a crash at 10:30 P.M. CDT.
Robertson said that some vehicles ended up piled on top of each other as they wrecked into the abyss, which opened up in a rural area, lightless.
AL.com also reported that State troopers and emergency rescue personnel responded to Highway 26 west of Lucedale, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Biloxi, and discovered that both the east and westbound lanes crumbled down. Robertson said the hole removed 50 to 60 feet of roadway and is 20 to 30 feet deep.
The Biloxi Sun Herald reported and showed through a drone video how much of the road was washed away, which left a red-clay scar that goes on for hundreds of feet.
A District Engineer for the Mississippi Department of Transportation said, “It is a slide, which means the ground under the roadway and embankment was super-saturated and we can tell right now that’s what caused the slide.”
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