Teen recalls horrific Mississippi road collapse in wake of Hurricane Ida

"In all honesty, I was ready to give up. I was like, 'We're not going to make it out of here. No one is going to find us. Everybody is just going to keep piling in.'"


National News

September 5, 2021 - 1:26 PM

Emergency personnel use a boat Thursday to rescue people stranded in a flooded section of Manville after the remnants of Hurricane Ida slammed New Jersey. Heavy rainfall in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida affected the entire East Cost.

LUCEDALE, Miss. (AP) — A teenager said she could hear the terrifying sounds of other vehicles crashing around — and on top of — the pickup truck where she and her mother were trapped after the truck plunged into a dark, muddy pit when a Mississippi highway collapsed during torrential rain brought by Hurricane Ida.

“I saw a black hole, then I blacked out and I woke up and my mom was leaned over toward me. She was choking on her blood and she couldn’t breathe or anything,” 16-year-old Emily Williams of Wiggins, Mississippi, told WLOX-TV in a video call from her hospital room.

Williams managed to sit her 39-year-old mother, Amanda Williams, upright and stop her from choking. But, she said, she could still hear the chaos outside her family’s truck.

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