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One dead, two seriously injured after pair of collisions involving three cars on Ravenel Bridge

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The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge was closed for several hours after a wreck Tuesday night. File/Wade Spees/Staff

A man died after being crushed between two cars in a Tuesday night wreck on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Charleston police said.

The victim, 21-year-old Austin Andrew Freeman, died at the scene. He was originally from Ohio and was living in Goose Creek, according to the Charleston County Coroner's Office. 

The fatal collision followed a less-serious accident at about 9:50 p.m., when a Buick sedan stopped in the roadway due to a mechanical failure and was rear-ended by a Mitsubishi.

Sometime after that crash, Freeman, a passenger in the Mitsubishi, was standing or walking behind the car when a Subaru rear-ended it and crushed him between the cars, police said.

The collision also injured two other Mitsubishi passengers, who were taken to Medical University Hospital.

No charges have been filed against the driver of the Subaru. He told police he was looking at traffic merging from the Meeting Street on-ramp when the collision occurred. 

The wreck was in the northbound lanes between the Meeting Street and East Bay Street on-ramps and caused all northbound lanes on the bridge to close for about four hours.

The driver of the Buick suffered minor injuries during the first collision and was taken to St. Francis Hospital.

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