HORRY COUNTY (WMBF) - Horry County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Mark Nugent says two children and one adult have been rescued from a car that went into the Waccamaw River after going off the bridge on Highway 501 Monday just before 11 a.m. The children are 10 and 13, and the adult is in their 30s, according to HCFR, but the relationship between the three isn't yet known.
Nugent says all three are in critical condition. Boats were deployed, and extrication equipment actually had to be lowered from the bridge down into the water to cut victims from the car. The victims were transported by boat to Savannah Bluff Boat Landing, where the 10 year old was transported by helicopter to a local hospital.
The vehicle went through the concrete barrier, according to Nugent, and landed on its roof, upside down in the marshy area of the river, though it's not clear right now what caused the accident.
While Highway 501 northbound is not longer closed, traffic is expected to be congested for several hours.
Lt. Selena Small with Conway Police stated, "Remember options such as Hwy 31 North to Hwy 22 west to get you to Hwy 501 in Aynor. You can also use Business 501 (remember this is a two-lane road going through town and traffic will be heavy). Traffic is being diverted at Hwy 501/Hwy 544."
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