NMB: Motorcyclist's leg amputated in collision

Units on scene along Highway 17 (Source: WMBF News Photographer Michael Walter)
Units on scene along Highway 17 (Source: WMBF News Photographer Michael Walter)
The accident closed down Highway 17 (Source: WMBF News Photographer Michael Walter)
The accident closed down Highway 17 (Source: WMBF News Photographer Michael Walter)

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) Units with the North Myrtle Beach Department of Public Safety investigating a motorcycle accident Thursday afternoon that resulted in a female passenger losing her leg.

Pat Dowling, spokesman for the City of North Myrtle Beach, said the incident occurred at 1600 Highway 17 North around 3:30 p.m. when a vehicle traveling northbound struck a motorcycle.

The impact of the collision sent the motorcyle into another vehicle traveling southbound on Highway 17. The motorcyle contained a male driver and a female passenger.

The female passenger's leg was amputated in the knee area in the collision, Dowling said.

Intial reports indicated that two motorcycles were involved, however, Dowling confirmed only one motorcycle was involved.

An alert issued by the City of North Myrtle Beach indicated that northbound lanes of Highway 17 were closed. When WMBF News arrived on scene, however, the southbound lanes were closed.

Dowling said southbound traffic was diverted to Old Highway 17.

Around 6 p.m. Thursday, Dowling said one southbound lane of Highway 17 was open.

The conditions of the motorcyclists are unknown at this time. WMBF News will provide further details as they become available.

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