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Victims of fatal Hwy 17 crash identified

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Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair
Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair Source: WMBF News Reporter Monique Blair

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Police and fire crews in Myrtle Beach responded to a fatal car crash Sunday afternoon, not far from The Carolina Opry. Myrtle Beach Police have identified the two victims.

According to Captain David Knipes the vehicle was driven by Ronnie Timberlake, 26, of Conway, Arkansas and the only other passenger was 27-year-old Victoria Burton from Searcy, Arkansas.

Tamara Willard with the Horry County Coroner's office says Timberlake died at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center at 3:36 p.m. Sunday. His cause of death was multiple trauma from the accident. He was not wearing a seatbelt.

Burton died at the scene, according to Willard. Her cause of death was multiple trauma from the accident. Willard adds that Burton was wearing a seatbelt.

The Myrtle Beach Police dispatch website reports crews were dispatched to the accident that occurred near the intersection of North Kings Highway and Wildwood Dunes Trail in Myrtle Beach.

Knipes adds that the initial investigation shows that a 1997 White Pontiac Bonneville was traveling south on Kings Highway and traveled off the right side of the road. The  vehicle then traveled across the center median into northbound lanes, barely missing another vehicle. The vehicle continued to travel across lanes of oncoming traffic off the east side of the roadway at which time the vehicle went airborne and struck a utility pole.

The accident occurred just after 3 p.m. Sunday. The dispatch website reported injuries and entrapment, but further details concerning the crash were not immediately available.

Witnesses say the man and woman were in a car that crashed into a pole. Traffic was blocked for nearly three hours in the northbound lanes of Highway 17 Business at Wildwood Dunes Trail, and cars were slowly traveling in the southbound lanes.

Power lines were recently removed from the road, and a utility company vehicle was on the scene to facilitate the repairs.

Multiple WMBF News viewers report seeing a flipped car that struck a utility pole, one mentioning that the surrounding buildings were experiencing sporadic power outages.

Officials with Myrtle Beach Police tell WMBF News at this time the cause of the collision is still under investigation.    

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