The incident occurred on two-lane Highway 26 in George County, Mississippi Highway Patrol Private Cal Robertson told CNN on Tuesday. The leaching was likely related to the rain from Hurricane Ida, he said.
Seven vehicles entered the hole created by the washout, according to Robertson. It is about 50 feet long and 20 feet deep, he said.
“I have never seen anything like it in 23 years in the police force,” he said.
Three of the injured were in critical condition, he added.
Highway 26 is a major artery between Mississippi and Louisiana, the George County Sheriff’s Office told CNN.
Mississippi was rocked by torrential rains from Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana as a Category 4 storm on Sunday. At 10 p.m. on Monday, the system was about 80 miles northeast of Jackson, Mississippi as a tropical depression and was heading towards 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.
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