Bicyclist struck, killed on Highway 501; firefighter injured working scene

The firefighter sustained non-life-threatening injuries and has been released from the hospital
A bicyclist was killed after he was hit by an SUV on U.S. Highway 319 in Thomas County....
A bicyclist was killed after he was hit by an SUV on U.S. Highway 319 in Thomas County. (Source: WALB)
Updated: Jan. 1, 2019 at 12:38 PM EST
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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An Horry County Fire Rescue firefighter was injured while working a fatal accident Tuesday morning.

According to the SCHP, the crash happened around 3:40 a.m. on Highway 501 near Conbraco Circle.

SCHP stated two bicyclists were traveling southbound on Highway 501 when they were struck by the driver of a Chevy SUV, also traveling southbound.

One bicyclist suffered injuries and was transported to Conway Medical Center for treatment; the other bicyclist died.

That bicyclist has been identified as 52-year-old Jerome Houser, originally from Ohio but had been living in the Myrtle Beach area for approximately 7 years.

The driver of the SUV was not injured, according to the SCHP.

While working the scene, a vehicle hit an Horry County Fire Rescue engine, injuring a firefighter, Horry County spokesperson Kelly Moore confirms.

The driver of the vehicle that reportedly struck the firefighter was charged with driving too fast for conditions, Cpl. Sonny Collins with SCHP said.

The firefighter was transported to a local hospital to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries and has since been released.

The accident remains under investigation.

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