A former NFL player risked his own life to save a stranger who was involved in a fiery crash involving a train and a truck.
“It happened so fast,” started the East Idaho News story detailing the May 6 incident. “The train. The semi-truck. The crash. The fire. The man trapped and unable to move.”
“Brandon Bair recalls every detail of a routine Thursday night that led to him saving the life of 25-year-old Steven Jenson seconds before Jenson could have burned to death.”
The former NFL player, an undrafted free agent who was part of three different teams between 2011 and 2015, happened upon the accident in St. Anthony, Idaho. “I was on Highway 20 driving to my business when I saw the train hit the truck,” he conveyed to the reporter. “There was an explosion right away, and the train was pushing the truck down the tracks. I got on the phone with 911 and started driving down the median to get to the front of the train when it stopped.”
He then decided to risk his own life to save the person in the truck, even though the train conductor warned Bair that it was dangerous to approach the scene.
“It was a conscious decision that I’m going in because he needs help right now,” he said. “I ran up to the window and saw dripping hot flames all over inside of the truck. I could see a guy in a seatbelt and was able to reach in and get it off of him. He was talking, and I told him we had to get out of here now.”
Bair worked with 25-year-old Steven Jenson, the man pinned inside the truck, to break the steering wheel and other equipment inside the truck to help free him. They succeeded just in time; Bair noted, “We walked away, and within seconds, the fire on the roof fell down inside, and the whole seat and cab went up in flames. A few minutes later, there were a couple big booms and explosives.”
Bair remained on the scene until Jenson was airlifted to a regional hospital to be treated for his injuries. Then, as he revealed after, he had an emotional moment as he thought about his family and what he had risked, while calling his wife.
“I was able to hold it together and be tough, but then I got a little shaky when I heard her voice,” Bair says. “Being able to go home and put my arms around my kids – it hit me. You never know what’s going to happen in life, and this shows you should hug your family every chance you get.”
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