North Carolina

Victims named in fatal Myrtle Beach area wreck involving country music star tour bus

A 61-year-old and 25-year-old died in a Myrtle Beach area fatal wreck that involved a Travis Tritt tour bus.

The wreck happened on Highway 22 around 3 a.m. Saturday.

The Horry County Coroner’s Office identified the two people killed as Tonda Cross, 61, of Ellettsville, Indiana and Charles “Cody” Wade, 25, of Horry County. Tritt was not hurt in the crash.

A Jeep traveling in the wrong direction crashed into a Chevrolet truck head-on, said Cpl. Sonny Collins with the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The driver of the Jeep, Wade, and a passenger in the truck, Cross, were killed in the crash, Collins said. The driver of the truck went to the hospital. Authorities are trying to determine why the Jeep was on the wrong side of the road, Collins said.

Tritt wrote on Twitter that his tour bus suffered minor damage, and he expressed condolences for those killed.

“I’m really shaken up by what I witnessed. God bless those who died,” he wrote.

Tritt played at the North Myrtle Beach House of Blues on Friday night, according to his website. He was scheduled to play Anderson Music Hall in Hiawassee, Ga., Saturday night. He will play Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., May 30.

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Alex Lang is the True Crime reporter for The Sun News covering the legal system and how crime impacts local residents. He says letting residents know if they are safe is a vital role of a newspaper. Alex has covered crime in Detroit, Iowa, New York City, West Virginia and now Horry County.