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Crash closes busy highway

A pre-dawn crash involving a Toyota sedan and an 18-wheeler truck loaded with pork products on the way to the Port of Charleston injured the car driver and forced a lengthy closing of US 701 in northern Horry County, about a mile south of the Carolinas border. Crews from the Tabor City Fire Department and Horry County Fire Rescue used extrication tools to free the driver from his car, pulling him from the wreckage just as an AirReach helicopter landed. Able to talk with a family member, the injured man was flown to Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. Able to get out of the truck and walking when emergency crews arrived, the truck driver declined medical care. A fuel spill from his truck, which overturned after leaving the pavement, contributed the lengthy road closure and detour handled by crews on both sides of the state line. A Tabor City Emergency Services ambulance crew and the South Carolina Highway Patrol also responded. (Deuce Niven, TLT)