Bus crash leaves 17 injured in Horry County
Officials said 17 people were injured — including three critically — in a Friday afternoon crash involving an overturned church bus and two other vehicles.
The wreck happened about 1:10 p.m. at the intersection of Green Sea Road and S.C. 9., according to Mark Nugent with Horry County Fire Rescue.
Nugent said three people are in critical condition, three have serious injuries and nine have minor injuries. One child was extricated from the bus, and two people refused medical treatment.
The bus was carrying 13 people, including 11 children and two adults, Nugent added. He wasn't aware if the people on the bus were wearing seat belts. The bus had damage to the front and its roof.
The side of the bus was labeled as representing the Ridge Baptist Church in Richmond, Virginia.
A white sedan and a red pickup truck also appeared to have been involved in the crash. Multiple ambulances took victims from the scene.
Horry County Sheriff's deputies blocked parts of S.C. 9 while Horry County Fire and Rescue crews worked the scene. Nugent said fire personnel were on scene in minutes. The South Carolina Highway patrol and Horry County Police Department also responded.
Michaela Broyles: 843-626-0281, @MichaelaBroyles