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Charges pending against driver in Highway 501 crash

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Charges are pending against a driver involved in the accident on Highway 501 at Seaboard Street Tuesday morning at around 6 a.m.

The driver of a pick up truck slammed into the traffic light on Seaboard Street and knocked out its power. The driver and the passenger were both taken to area hospitals following the accident.

Myrtle Beach Police officers said they expect both of them to be okay. The driver who is listed in stable condition could be charged with driving under the influence according to leaders with the Myrtle Beach Police.

Crews with the city had to re-wire the traffic lights and install a new traffic signal. It took city engineers about two and half hours to complete their work as Myrtle Beach Police officers re-directed traffic.

Tim Slaucenburg is the Shop Manager at Beach Rider an auto body shop along Seaboard. Slaucenburg said the accident didn't really affect business this morning, "It was no problem a little bit of a delay but nothing major."

The traffic pole will remain damaged, until the new one crews ordered arrives in two to three months.

Michael Buckland is a Myrtle Beach resident who said he avoids Seaboard and 501 at all costs, "I've seen very serious accidents at both intersections Seaboard and Robert Grissom."

John Starrett also of Myrtle Beach said the congestion is just something he is used to, "it's like my daddy would say you have to watch the other driver, and that's what you got to do in Myrtle Beach. Watch the other driver, say a little prayer before you go out."

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