Excavator overturns during construction, crashes into Myrtle Beach condo building

Published: Mar. 27, 2023 at 1:58 PM EDT|Updated: Mar. 28, 2023 at 6:22 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - Crews are working to remove a high-reach excavator that overturned Monday, crashing into a condo building.

Myrtle Beach Fire Department crews responded to the scene around 12:40 p.m. at 2200 N Ocean Blvd, listed online as Boardwalk Beach Resort, where a high-reach excavator overturned while working on a construction site.

According to MBFD, no one was injured, but there is damage to the adjacent building.

MBPD Captain Jon Evans confirmed the Boardwalk Beach Resort was unoccupied at the time of the incident and the plans are for that building to be torn down at a later date.

Crews began work on lifting the machinery around 3 p.m. Tuesday, the excavator was lifted from the building around 6 p.m. but the disassembly process could take until Wednesday according to the city.

The incident has received a lot of attention from locals and visitors from out of town.

“My first reaction was WOW, look at that,” said Mark Olsen.

Olsen and his wife are visiting Myrtle Beach from North Carolina and were on a stroll down Ocean Blvd. when they came upon the scene.

“Now that’s not something you don’t see every day,” said Olsen.

Randy Baker is up from Charleston with his family and is staying at the Hilton Hotel next door. He says he heard the construction noise throughout the morning but it was his son who heard the excavator go down.

“It was just a loud crash, my son told me. We looked out the window and saw it was laying on the building next door. I’m really glad no one was hurt,” said Baker.

Myrtle Beach police said Ocean Boulevard between 21st Avenue North and 23rd Avenue North will be closed Tuesday due to construction work. The road is scheduled to reopen Wednesday.

Stay with WMBF News for updates.