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One person killed after truck collided with North Myrtle Beach city vehicle

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More than 141,000 traffic collisions were recorded in South Carolina in 2017. Here's why there were so many.
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More than 141,000 traffic collisions were recorded in South Carolina in 2017. Here's why there were so many.

Horry County Fire Rescue worked the scene of a fatal crash involving a North Myrtle Beach city garbage truck and pickup truck in the Wampee area Friday morning.

Jerry P. Thompson, 78, of Longs, was killed in the wreck, Chris Dontell, deputy coroner with Horry County, said.

The crash happened on S.C. 90 near Star Bluff Road, and the road was shut down in both directions for about three hours, said Tony Casey with HCFR.

A Chevrolet pickup truck failed to yield and pulled from Star Bluff Road onto S.C. 90 in front of the garbage truck, which was traveling west on S.C. 90, said Cpl. Sonny Collins with S.C. Highway Patrol.

The collision happened about 7:35 a.m., according to S.C. Highway Patrol.

City of North Myrtle Beach Spokesman Pat Dowling confirmed the garbage truck is a city vehicle.

“We would also like to say that, even though the city driver was not at fault in the accident, he is very distraught over what occurred, and his prayers and those of all us go out to Mr. Thompson’s family and friends,” Dowling said by email.

S.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

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