Bus crash leaves 17 injured in Horry County
All the victims on the Ridge Baptist Church bus involved in an accident on Friday are expected to recover, according to Pastor Alan Ray.
Officials said the crash at the intersection of Green Sea Road and S.C. 9 injured 17 victims, including three critically, shortly after 1 p.m.
There were two remaining victims in the hospital this week. A female student with burns on her arm was expected to be discharged Tuesday, Ray said. The bus driver is being assessed for a head injury and was expected to be released Tuesday or Wednesday.
The injuries ranged from burns to lacerations and one hairline fracture in the shoulder, he said.
The students had been attending Sea Salt Summer Camp at Coastal Carolina University since June 25 and were headed home on Friday, Ray said.
"Considering the severity of the accident, most of the injuries were less than what we expected. Not only did we have some help from the above, the folks in Horry County, Myrtle Beach, were absolutely wonderful," Ray said, adding that other drivers stopped to help pull victims out of the bus.
"I can’t say enough for the staff at the area hospitals, especially Grand Strand Regional," Ray said. "Their compassion has been over the top. The Red Cross, they were right with our kids until we were able to get there."
Ray, a native South Carolinian born in Rock Hill, said he was proud of his home state.
"Myrtle Beach and Horry County showed their compassion and their warmth in a very positive way," he said.