CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Charleston Police say one person is dead after being hit by a vehicle on the Ravenel Bridge on-ramp from I-26 east.
The accident happened around 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Police say a Suzuki traveling on the on-ramp struck a Ford sedan disabled on the right shoulder.
According to police, the force of the impact caused the disabled vehicle to move forward striking the owner who was standing outside.
Police say the owner of the Ford sedan was thrown over the Jersey barrier and fell from the elevated roadway to the ground below. The person was taken to MUSC and later died.
A passenger in the Ford sedan, who had also exited the vehicle when it was disabled, was not injured in the collision.
The driver of the Suzuki was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The Charleston County Coroner’s Office will release the name of the person that died. Police say it is unknown what caused the Ford sedan to become disabled.
The on-ramp to Mount Pleasant was closed to traffic for several hours while authorities investigated the scene.
Charleston Police remind drivers to slow down, pay attention, and always wear a seat belt. We are told this is the department’s sixth fatal accident this year.
The South Carolina Highway Patrol also reminds drivers to stay in their vehicle until law enforcement gets to the scene before getting out.