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Man dies after car falls from railroad trestle at 9th Street and Front Avenue

A 23-year-old Fortson man died early Sunday after the car he was in fell upside down from the railroad trestle near Ninth Street and Front Avenue.

Jeffrey Alan Spradlin died after the 1996 Saturn SL2 he was in fell about 12 feet from the raised railroad tracks onto the street beneath, police said.

Reports state that Spradlin, in the driver’s seat, got onto the tracks at street level at the intersection of Front and Ninth. It went about 50 yards west before falling off the north side of the tracks and landing on its roof, crushing it.

A man inside a nearby Columbus State University building heard a loud crash at 4 a.m., which led him outside. He saw the vehicle laying upside down with Spradlin immobile on the inside. He yelled to Spradlin, got no response and then called 911, police said.

Coroner Bill Thrower said the cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head and chest. He is investigating the death as an accident.

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