HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Highway 501 lanes reopened around 6:45 a.m. by Conbraco Circle Tuesday, after a man on a bicycle riding down the road was hit by a vehicle around 4:20 a.m., according to South Carolina Highway Patrol.
WMBF News crews on the scene spoke with people who said they were in the vehicle that struck the man. They said they were driving beach bound on 501, and when they heard something hit the car they thought it was a deer. The cyclist hit the passenger side mirror and shattered the window of the vehicle. They also say he was conscious and breathing but not speaking after the accident.
For several hours two lanes of Hwy 501 were blocked while SCHP investigated.
Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol confirmed the cyclist was taken to the hospital and is alive. Injuries are unknown at this time.
Collins also said the cyclist was not wearing reflective gear and had no visible reflectors or lights on his bike. No charges against the driver expected.