Brandon Bair managed to get Steven Jenson out of his truck moments after it was hit by a train, causing a fire and multiple explosions.
Former NFL defensive end Brandon Bair saved a man from a burning car minutes after he was hit by a train, according to the East Idaho News.
Bair said he was driving on Highway 20 in St. Anthony, Idaho, on Thursday when he saw a train collide with a pickup, causing an immediate explosion. After dialing 911, Bair jumped into action after hearing a voice from inside the vehicle, which caught fire after impact.
In the image, Steven Jenson’s legs can be seen moments after being removed from the vehicle by Brandon Bair. Courtesy Brandon Bair
“It was a conscious decision to get in there, because he needs help now,” Bair told the East Idaho News. “I ran to the window and saw the flames all around and inside the truck. I could see the guy with the seatbelt on, and I was able to get my arm in and unbuckle it. He was talking, and he told him we needed to get him out of there now.” .
Bair said he got half his body into the crash vehicle, and managed to pull 25-year-old Steven Jenson out of a rear window between the passenger seat and the driver’s seat.
“We walked away, and a few seconds later, the fire on the roof caused it to collapse and the whole seat, the whole cabin was engulfed in flames,” Bair said. “A few minutes later, there were a couple of big booms and explosions.”
Brandon Bair spent time on the Chiefs, Eagles and Raiders roster during his time in the NFL. Getty Images
Jenson was airlifted to a nearby hospital, and was in stable condition as of Friday morning, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
Bair, 36, signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2011 after playing collegiate for Oregon. He also played for the Philadelphia Eagles and Oakland Raiders, before retiring in 2015.