Hwy 19 crash kills two horses, injures 3 people


HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Highway 19 near Highway 905 in the Conway area has reopened after a crash between a truck and two horses, sending three people to the hospital.

All lanes of Highway 19, one mile from Highway 905, were closed and the South Carolina Highway Patrol investigated the crash. the road reopened around 9:50 p.m.

There was one person riding on a horse, and two people riding in a buggy pulled by another horse on Highway 19 around 7:45 p.m., said SCHP Trooper Hannah Wimberly.

Both horses were struck by a pickup truck that did not see them in the highway. All three horse riders were taken to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries.

The driver of the pickup was not injured. The owner of the horses told WMBF News both animals were killed, one on impact the other was put to sleep.

No charges have been filed at this time in the investigation.  Troopers said horse drawn buggies are required to have some type of lamp light on the front of the buggy and a reflector on the back.  Both most be visible 500 feet in both directions.

Highway Patrol said this buggy was not lighted.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol, Conway Fire Department and Horry County Fire Rescue responded to the scene.

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