Crews remove stolen car hanging off railroad bridge, police arrest suspect


12:00 P.M. — News 3 reporters on the scene say crews have finally managed to remove a stolen car from where it was stuck in the railroad tracks.

Police say the car had been left hanging off the railroad bridge after the suspect driving it jumped out.

Phenix City police arrested 35-year-old Jeremy Francis on the scene and transported him to Russell County Jail.

Railroad company Norfolk Southern says the tracks will reopen some time today.


PHENIX CITY, Ala. — A car is stuck on the railroad tracks overlooking the Chattahoochee River near Dillingham Street Bridge.

Captain William Turner with the Columbus Police Department confirms a man drove the white vehicle onto the tracks sometime around midnight.

Police say the car was reported stolen Monday. Officers say witnesses called Columbus police early Wednesday morning to report the car hanging off the railroad bridge.

Jeremy Ellis Francis (Phenix City Police Department)
Jeremy Ellis Francis (Phenix City Police Department)

By the time police arrived on the scene, they say the man had already gotten out of the car and walked down the track towards Phenix City.

Phenix City police arrested 35-year-old Jeremy Francis when he made it over the bridge.

A department release says Francis was arrested for an outstanding Failure to Appear For Bringing Stolen Property into the State warrant and placed in the Russell County Jail.

Police say it was too dark and dangerous to remove the car before sunrise.

Columbus Towing and Recovery is expected to remove the vehicle some time Wednesday morning. News 3’s reporter on the scene says crews are waiting for a crane to arrive.

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