MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - One person was killed and two people were injured in a two-vehicle crash Wednesday morning in the area of Mr. Joe White Avenue and White Street.
Two patients were transported to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, according to Myrtle Beach Fire Rescue Lt Jonathan Evans. Their condition is unknown at this time.
Horry County Coroner Robert Edge identified the victim as Joan C. Banks-Miller, 64, of Myrtle Beach. She was pronounced dead at the scene from internal injuries, he added.
An autopsy is scheduled to be performed on Thursday, according to Edge.
Witnesses on scene said it is one of the worst crashes they had ever seen.
"I heard a big crash, and walked over and saw this," Eugene Sears said.
Both Sears and Joe Rioux often walk along Mr. Joe White Avenue. They missed Wednesday's crash by minutes.
"All I saw is when I pulled up, the fire truck had just pulled out of the fire station obviously right next door," Rioux said. "And I must have missed it by just two minutes because there was a fatality on the ground covered with plastic."
The crash happened between a Myrtle Beach fire station and the police station, allowing first responders to arrive on scene right away to help.
"Officers are on scene now investigating to determine exactly what happened," said Myrtle Beach Police Lt. Joey Crosby. "So they will look at things such as the debris you see on the roadway now, marks along the roadway. They will conduct the investigation by talking to witnesses to determine exactly what happened."
Since both cars were on the opposite side of the road, it's believed at least one of the vehicles had to have crossed the center line.
"That's what I'm thinking. It crossed the road, but the trees aren't damaged. There are no skid marks," Rioux said.
Crosby said the initial investigation revealed that one car did cross the center line, but police are not sure as to why at this time.
Many of the witnesses on Mr. Joe White Wednesday afternoon sent their prayers to the families of those involved.
The crash is still under investigation.