According to Robertson, seven vehicles went into the hole created by the washout. It is about 50 feet long and 20 feet deep, he said.
“I’ve never seen anything like this in my 23 years in law enforcement,” he said.
He said that three of the injured were in critical condition.
Highway 26 is a main artery between Mississippi and Louisiana, the George County Sheriff’s Office told CNN.
Mississippi has been battered by torrential rain off Ida, which made landfall in Louisiana on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane. Since the storm began, the region had seen 10 to 13 inches of rain, with varying amounts of rain, according to satellite and radar estimates. On Monday night, the National Weather Service warned that the area was receiving 2 inches of rain an hour. This, above already saturated ground, caused flash floods in and around Lucedale.