Editor’s note: The South Carolina Highway Patrol says a determination of fault in this crash has not been made. The agency previously reported otherwise.

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A 37-year-old Nichols man was killed early Monday morning near Loris after his pickup and a Horry County school bus collided at an intersection on Highway 9 Bypass, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Kody Roach died at the scene of the crash, which happened at about 6:35 a.m. near Cedar Branch Road, Horry County Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy said.

There were seven students on the bus from HCS Early College High School, and none of them was injured, Horry County School spokesperson Lisa Bourcier said. The bus driver, who has been with Horry County Schools since 2008, was placed on administrative leave while authorities investigate the crash.

According to the SCHP, Roach was driving south on Highway 9 in a Chevrolet Silverado pickup that was involved in a collision with a Horry County school bus, which was turning onto the highway from Cedar Branch Road.

Bourcier said the district has offered counseling services to students.

“We offer our deepest condolences, as our thoughts and prayers are sent to those directly impacted by this morning’s tragic accident,” the district said in a statement.

Horry County Fire Rescue responded to the crash, which is under investigation by the SCHP and its Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team. 

No additional details were immediately available.

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