Vehicle goes off bridge, plunges 40 feet into river near Myrtle Beach

Credit @hcfirerescue

Credit @hcfirerescue

Two children and one adult are in critical condition after a vehicle went through a concrete barrier, off a bridge and into a SC river.

The vehicle went into the Waccamaw River after going off the bridge on Highway 501, Horry County Fire Rescue Public Information Officer Mark Nugent said.

A tweet from the department states that the auto fell 40 feet from the bridge. He estimates it was a 30 to 40 foot (9 to 12 meter) drop from the bridge to the water. Crews were able to get down to the auto and rescue the group using a basket to bring them back up to the surface.

The victims were taken by boat to Savannah Bluff Boat Landing, from which the 10-year-old was taken by helicopter to a local hospital. At last check, all were in critical condition.

The cause of the crash is still being investigated.

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