- Associated Press - Friday, January 1, 2016

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Statistics from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety show not only that Horry County had the most traffic fatalities of any county in the state in 2015 but also that fatalities increased almost 25 percent from the year before.

The Sun-News of Myrtle Beach reports (https://bit.ly/1R2lrwW ) that as of Dec. 28, 77 people had died in traffic-related incidents in Horry County in 2015, compared to 58 in 2014. Fatalities also were up statewide: 942 people died in crashes on state highways in 2015, compared to 816 in 2014.

Authorities attributed the increases to several factors, including low gas prices that allowed more tourists to visit. They also blame unusually icy conditions in the winter and historic fall flooding.

Horry County had 54 fatalities in 2013 and 51 in 2012.

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Information from: The Sun News, https://www.thesunnews.com/

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