A driver who ran out of gas on the north bridge between West Ashley and North Charleston on Monday afternoon ended up in the Ashley River after a vehicle hit his truck, according to Charleston police.

A man was reported in the Ashley River near the World War II Memorial Bridge about 3:30 p.m. Rescue workers and a wrecker were called. Traffic was closed in both directions.

The man was standing behind his truck on the bridge after running out of gas, police spokesman Charles Francis said. A car slowed down to avoid hitting the truck. Another vehicle hit the car that slowed down, pushing it into the truck.

Witnesses initially told police it looked like the man jumped off the bridge to avoid being hit, but the man told police a car hit him and knocked him off the bridge, Francis said.

The man was walking in shallow water when rescuers arrived. He taken out of the water shortly before 4 p.m.

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