Two pedestrians died and six others were injured in four-vehicle wreck in the Galivants Ferry area Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The deceased were identified as Cecil Morgan, 35, from Aynor and 29-year-old David Sibbick from Loris by Horry County Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy. Both of them worked for the S.C. Department of Transportation and died of injuries sustained in the wreck.
The wreck happened around 2:23 p.m. when a Freightliner truck heading south on U.S. 501 struck a Dodge van and a Toyota that were stopped in traffic before hitting two pedestrians identified as Morgan and Sibbick, Cpl. Judd Jones with the S.C. Highway Patrol said.
The Freightliner also struck another parked vehicle before it went off the road and hit a tree.
The incident happened near Pine Oaks Farm Road, according to Horry County Fire Rescue. Five people were taken to the hospital with injuries believed to be nonlife-threatening. One other person suffered minor injuries and was not transported to a hospital. The driver of the Freightliner was not injured.
According to an SCDOT statement, Morgan and Sibbick, two highway maintenance workers, were both fatally struck while they were patching a pothole.
"These two young men were dedicated employees and put their lives on the line daily to serve the motoring public, as do all of our employees who work on our highways," said Secretary of Transportation Christy A. Hall in the statement. "SCDOT has active work zones all over the State. This tragic incident should serve as a reminder to the traveling public to obey signs in work zones, slow down and watch for workers. Drivers should pay attention, avoid distractions and expected the unexpected. These measures are not only for the safety of our workers, but for your safety as well."
"We continue to lift up and pray for the families of the two employees we lost yesterday and will continue to stress the importance of being cautious while driving in work zones,” SCDOT Commission Chairman Robert Robbins said.
The S.C. Highway Patrol continues to investigate.