HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A South Carolina Department of Transportation contractor was injured Monday morning after a tractor the worker was operating was struck by a vehicle on S.C. 31, according to Pete Poore with the SCDOT. Poore confirms the contractor was cutting grass.
According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident on S.C. 31 (Carolina Bays Parkway), which occurred shortly after 8 a.m., caused severe traffic northbound between Highway 501 and Robert Grissom Parkway. At one point, traffic on Highway 31 northbound was moving at less than 15 miles per hour, according to South Carolina Department of Transportation traffic maps.
Video from the scene appears to show the tractor and a gold in color minivan with heavy front end damage. Crews extinguished a vehicle fire and transported two patients in critical condition to the hospital, a tweet from Horry County Fire Rescue said.
Highway 31 is a road Wise said she drives on every single day on her way to work. It's something she is very familiar with, but said it could have taken a split second and the crash could have involved her.
"There were signs everywhere for them to be mowing the grass, I tend to be on alert and stay in the middle lane because I know they are on either side. You definitely want to pay attention on the roads and have the least amount of distractions as you possible can," said Wise.
Wise said she was stopped on Hwy 31 for at least an hour until cars were able to drive through.