Crash involving 18 wheeler shuts down part of S.C. 544

akelley@thesunnews.comDecember 12, 2013 

S.C. 544 is shut down for a crash involving an 18-wheeler near S.C. 31.

JEFF BENTON, HORRY COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

Traffic on S.C. 544 was stopped for several hours near the S.C. 31 interchange Thursday afternoon due to a crash involving an 18-wheeler, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Corporal Sonny Collins said a pickup truck was exiting S.C. 31 on to westbound S.C. 544 when it collided with an 18-wheeler, also headed westbound, about 12:30 p.m. Thursday.

The driver of the pickup truck was taken to an area hospital, Collins said, but the extent of the injuries was not known.

No charges have been filed in the crash. Collins said troopers are still waiting to speak with the driver of the pickup truck and was not sure if charges are likely.

Horry County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Jeff Benton said Conway-bound traffic on S.C. 544 was diverted onto S.C. 31. One lane of beach bound S.C. 544 remained open.

Highway Patrol reported the roadway remained blocked until after 4 p.m.

Traffic inflated on U.S. 501 as a result of the detour around the crash. Conway-bound traffic on U.S. 501 was moving at 30 to 40 mph between Carolina Forest and Conway and was even slower around S.C. 31, according to the S.C. Department of Transportation. Drivers reported the highway looked like a parking lot.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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