Bicyclist killed, Horry firefighter injured in connection to crash on U.S. 501.

A bicyclist died in an early New Year’s Day wreck on U.S. Highway 501.

A Horry County firefighter also was injured while working the scene, according to a tweet from the agency. The firefighter was released from the hospital on Tuesday with non-life threatening injuries.

The bicyclist — whose name has not been released — was killed in a three-vehicle wreck around 3:40 a.m., South Carolina Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Matt Southern said.

Two separate bicyclists were riding south on U.S. 501 when a Chevrolet SUV hit them, Southern said. The other bicyclist was injured and went to Conway Medical Center for treatment. The driver of the SUV was not injured.

The wreck occurred near Conbraco Road, which is south of the U.S. 501 Walmart.

The highway patrol continues to investigate the crash.

As Horry County Fire and Rescue crews were working the scene, a driver hit an engine and one of the firefighters on scene, according to the fire department. The firefighter went to the hospital for treatment. The highway patrol also is investigating the second collision.

Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.