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Woman loses leg in North Myrtle Beach motorcycle crash

A woman is recovering after suffering a serious injury in a motorcycle accident in North Myrtle Beach last week. She will never be the same. She lost her leg as a result of the crash.

Officials in North Myrtle Beach say the accident happened on Thursday afternoon along Highway 17 around 3:30. The motorcycle, carrying the driver and the woman passenger, was driving north in the area of the 1600 block when it was struck by a vehicle traveling in the northbound lane.

A city spokesman said the crash sent the motorcycle careening into another vehicle traveling in the southbound lane. He says both the driver and the passenger from the cycle were taken to Grand Strand Medical Center for treatment. The woman's leg reportedly was so severely injured that it had to be amputated at about the knee. At the time of this entry, no information had been reported about the male driver's injuries.

There had been reports that two motorcycles were involved. That later proved untrue. Authorities say the accident forced the closure of one southbound lane of Highway 17 for several hours. They also say they are continuing their investigation into the matter.

This accident happened as the region was hosting a fall motorcycle rally. The streets are busy on any given weekend. They were more so over the weekend, what with the rally and other events under way.

The sad fact is that accidents do happen. But it must be remembered that motorcycles are authorized to share the road along with all others. All motorists deserve equal respect and share responsibility for safety.

Source: WMBF TV, "NMB: Motorcyclist's leg amputated in collision," Sept. 29, 2011

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