According to the East Idaho News, a train and a semi-truck met in St. Anthony yesterday, causing a huge blaze of fire and a man trapped unable to move.
Thankfully nearby, former NFL football player Brandon Bair (now 35) sprung into action to save the 25-year-old moments before he would have been engulfed in flames.
Bair played for the Raiders, Chiefs and Eagles before retiring in 2016, and now lives in St. Anthony with his wife and four daughters. He noticed the crash and quickly began to assst.
According to the report, 25-year-old Steven Jenson was trapped in the cab of the truck, and flames were nearing. The next part of the story from the East Idaho News is intense.
“The conductors clearly couldn’t breathe because of all the smoke in the cab,” Bair recalls. “They warned me not to go near the truck because it was up in flames.”
Bair heard a voice from inside the cab and knew he had to act fast. His family flashed through his mind as he realized he was putting his life on the line. He ran up to the truck, but the only accessible way to get to Jenson was a small rear window between the passenger and driver’s seat.
“It was a conscious decision that I’m going in because he needs help right now,” Bair says. “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.”
Even though the seatbelt was off, Jenson was still pinned inside the cab. Bair climbed halfway in as the two worked together to break the steering wheel and other equipment. The 6’6″, 260-pound football player then pulled Jenson out the “teeny window.”
“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 of big booms and explosives,” Bair recalls.
Steven Jenson was rushed to the hospital and will live. Bair was a hero, and made a heroic stance. You have to love these stories, we should be talking about them more!
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