WATCH: Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves gives update on Hurricane Ida impact

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves provided an update on Hurricane Ida’s impact in his state.

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Barbara Cochran said she was about to get ready for bed late Monday when she heard a loud crash outside her home in rural southeastern Mississippi.

Hurricane Ida had been dumping torrential rain, her husband was already asleep and the home’s air conditioner was humming loudly.

The 83-year-old retired educator said she went onto the porch to see if a big oak tree had fallen, or if an 18-wheeler had slid off the highway down the hill from their home.

She didn’t see car lights, so she didn’t think there was a wreck.

About 10 minutes after she went back inside, she heard a second loud crash.

Moments later, Cochran heard a third crash. As she was about to call the sheriff’s department, she heard the wail of sirens.

Two people were killed and at least 10 others were injured late Monday when seven vehicles plunged, one after another, into a deep hole where a dark, rural highway collapsed as Hurricane Ida blew through Mississippi, authorities said Tuesday.

Heavy rainfall may have caused the collapse of two-lane Mississippi Highway 26 west of Lucedale, and the drivers may not have seen that the roadway in front of them had disappeared, Mississippi Highway Patrol Cpl. Cal Robertson said.

The George County Sheriff’s Department received the first call at about 10:30 p.m.

Cochran told The Associated Press that she didn’t know about the highway collapse or the wrecks until after she woke from a fitful night’s sleep. She said she is praying for the families of those killed or hurt.

State troopers, emergency workers and rescue teams responded to the crash site about 60 miles (96 kilometers) northeast of Biloxi, to find both the east and westbound lanes collapsed.

Robertson said the hole removed about 50 to 60 feet (15 to 18 meters) of roadway, and is 20 to 30 feet (6 to 9 meters) deep.

George County Sheriff Keith Havard told the Sun Herald that the sheriff’s department received a 911 call from a man whose car had plunged into the hole.

The vehicles were later lifted out by a crane, leaving some debris at the bottom of the hole.

A drone video published by the Sun Herald showed how a raised berm beneath the road washed away, leaving a red-clay scar that runs for hundreds of feet, from a cemetery on one side into a wooded area on the other.

George County High School said one of its students, a senior, was hospitalized with critical injuries after crashing into the hole.

Local schools were closed Tuesday because the collapsed highway created problems for buses and other traffic.