Icy bridges, multiple vehicle crashes keeping Horry County crews busy Friday morning

troot@thesunnews.comFebruary 14, 2014 

Icy bridge conditions were being reported in Horry County while emergency crews responded to several vehicle crashes including one that closed a portion of S.C. 905, according to authorities.

The crash that has S.C. 905 closed at the Prayer Center, which is near Pine Land Lake Drive, was reported at 6:22 a.m. Friday, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol online traffic website. Injuries were reported in the crash, but the extent and how many people were involved was not immediately available.

At 6:50 a.m. Friday, Horry County emergency officials were responding to six separate vehicle crashes.

Two other crashes were causing delays on S.C. 544 at the high-rise bridge at the Intracoastal Waterway. The first crash was reported at 5:51 a.m. Friday and involved someone being hurt, while the second one occurred at 6 a.m. and did not involve injuries.

It was unclear if ice played a factor in the crashes, but Scott Thompson, an assistant chief with Horry County Fire Rescue, said many area bridges have ice on them from the overnight freezing temperatures and motorists should drive with caution.

Several crashes had occurred as a result of the icy bridges, Thompson said.

An alert from the S.C. Department of Public Safety was issued at 7:10 a.m. Friday to warn drivers of icing on the S.C. 544 bridge.

Emergency crews were responding to the crashes and motorists can expect delays in those areas until the crashes are cleaned up.

Motorists should slow down, allow extra following distance and use caution when driving over bridges in the area, authorities said.

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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