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UPDATE: Myrtle Beach man killed in accident near Shetland Lane, Hwy. 17 Bypass

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Source: Mandy Noell Source: Mandy Noell

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A traffic accident being reported as fatal blocked traffic on the southbound lanes of Highway 17 Bypass between Harrelson Boulevard and Farrow Parkway for over an hour on Friday, according to the SCDOT.The accident occurred at about 10:28 a.m. near Shetland Lane and Hwy. 17 Bypass, and did involve a fatality, according to information from the South Carolina Highway Patrol. 

Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden says 57-year-old Gary Jones, of Myrtle Beach, was killed in the accident.

A 1998 Ford SUV was coming from Shetland Lane and attempting to go south on Highway 17 Bypass when a 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck traveling north on 17 Bypass struck the Ford SUV on the driver’s side door, according to the SCHP. The driver of the Ford SUV was killed and SCHP says the driver was wearing their seatbelt.

The driver of the 2005 Chevrolet pick-up truck, 30-year-old Irwin Lopez-Garcia, was transported to Grand Strand Medical Center. SCHP said he is charged with driving under suspension.

An SCDOT traffic camera nearby showed multiple emergency vehicle blocking the southbound lanes, and traffic backed up in both directions. At 12:07 p.m., SCDOT reported that the accident scene had been cleared.

Joe's Diner by the Airport is directly across from where Shetland Lane meets Highway 17 Bypass. Chris Marden has worked at the diner for three years and says he's seen the same T-bone accident happen time after time. 

"...then right when they get to that point in the middle, they stop because they don't want to run into someone they didn't notice coming from the opposite direction and then when they stop, here comes two lanes of traffic going 60 miles per hour," Marden said. 

The accident remains under investigation by the SCHP.

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