Crash involving North Myrtle Beach police officer caused delays on U.S. 17

troot@thesunnews.comJuly 30, 2013 

— Troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol are investigating a crash on U.S. 17 on the Little River high rise bridge involving a North Myrtle Beach police officer, according to authorities.

The crash was reported to troopers with the S.C. Highway Patrol at 10:28 a.m. Tuesday, according to their website. No other details about the crash was available at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday from troopers.

Pat Dowling, North Myrtle Beach’s public information officer, said a public safety officer was called to help a motorist with a disabled vehicle on the U.S. 17 bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway.

When the officer got out of his car to talk with the person driving the vehicle that was stopped on the bridge, Dowling said a third vehicle hit the police vehicle from behind. The officer and the stranded motorist were not hurt in the crash.

The woman, who was driving the vehicle that hit the police car, was taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Dowling said. The extent of her injuries was not available at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Troopers are expected to be at the scene to investigate the crash, which Dowling said was proper procedure when a crash involves a police officer.

The crash reduced the southbound lanes of U.S. 17 to one lane during the incident. At 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, officials said all lanes were reopened.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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