21 people taken to hospital after car crash on U.S. 501

Myrtle Beach authorities responded to a two-car crash on U.S. 501 and Robert Grissom Parkway involving a Coast RTA bus and a car Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred about 9 a.m. Tuesday, and multiple injuries were reported, along with entrapment. A total of 21 people were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center by ambulance, according to Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.

The victims’ conditions are unknown, Crosby said.

Michelle Cantey, Coast RTA spokesperson, has confirmed Coast RTA’s bus 813 was involved during its regular route. Company officials were actively on the scene with rescue workers, Cantey said.

The crash is under investigation by Myrtle Beach police and Coast RTA officials, Crosby said.

“We will follow our internal procedures regarding traffic incidents. These procedures are followed by operations for each traffic incident, regardless of its severity,” said Brian Piascik, general manager of Coast RTA.

A white Lexus was traveling north on U.S. 501 and attempted to turn left onto Robert Grissom Parkway, Crosby said. The Lexus failed to yield the right of way and was struck by a Coast RTA bus that was traveling south on U.S. 501.

“"We are committed to providing safe, reliable, clean, courteous and affordable mass public transportation for our passengers and we take that commitment seriously,” Piascik said. “As summer traffic continues to increase along the Grand Strand, we urge everyone to execute every precaution while driving, riding or walking along our roadways.”

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.