Traffic clears up in Myrtle Beach area following deadly weekend on roads

bdickerson@thesunnews.comMay 27, 2013 

— It was a deadly weekend on Grand Strand roadways, but law enforcement saw the exact opposite Monday as visitors headed out of town after the long Memorial Day weekend.

Travelers hit tie-ups and large throngs of other drivers, but no major accidents were reported as of Monday afternoon.

“We’re pretty clear now,” Myrtle Beach police Capt. David Knipes said Monday around 3 p.m.

U.S. 501 had the highest traffic congestion, being the major artery in and out of Myrtle Beach. City officers were seen directing traffic just before noon at the intersection of U.S. 501 and Seaboard Street.

Bridget Wyant, a senior trooper with the S.C. Highway Patrol, said late Monday afternoon she’d gotten no reports of major crashes anywhere along the Grand Strand.

Wyant added it appeared most visitors left on Sunday.

“It seems like everything’s moving smoothly,” she said.

Smoothly was not a word one probably would have used to describe traffic over the weekend, which saw the return of the annual Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

Since Thursday, six people had died on Horry County roads.

Early Sunday morning, N.C. residents Nathaniel Carlisle, 47, and Victoria Locklear, 48, were pronounced dead at the scene after the Kawasaki motorcycle the two were riding crashed into a Cadillac sport utility vehicle that turned in front of them on Robert Grissom Parkway, according to police.

This was preceded by the death of 81-year-old Darlington man Iven Miles on Saturday. He was driving a 2006 Honda motorcycle eastbound on S.C. 22 near the off-ramp to S.C. 90 when he struck a 2008 Honda van that had slowed for traffic.

On Friday, Steven Williams, 40, of Snellville, Ga., and Taquisha Wilson, 33, of Kansas City, Mo., both were pronounced dead at the scene of a crash near 30th Avenue North and Kings Highway. Williams was driving at the time of the crash, which occurred around 6:30 p.m. Neither were wearing helmets.

Finally, on Thursday, 46-year-old Andre Price, of Lumberton, N.C., died after a van driver failed to yield, turned in front of him while he was on his motorcycle and the vehicles collided at Robert Grissom Parkway and U.S. 501.

The SCHP plans to release a full breakdown of holiday weekend traffic statistics on Tuesday.

Contact BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301 or follow him at Twitter.com/TSN_bdickerson.

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