Story at a glance:

  • Brandon Bair rescued the passenger before responders arrived.
  • He risked his life to get a passenger out of a burning car struck by a train.
  • The former footballer does not consider himself a hero.

Brandon Bair, a former NFL player, pulled a man out of a burning car after it was hit by a train.

On Thursday, Bair saved the life of a man who was trapped inside a semitruck, engulfed by flames, East Idaho News reported. 


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“I was on Highway 20 driving to my business when I saw the train hit the truck. There was an explosion right away, and the train was pushing the truck down the tracks,” Bair told East Idaho News. “I got on the phone with 911 and started driving down the median to get to the front of the train when it stopped.”

Bair acted fast — the first responders were not there when the crash happened around 5:45 p.m. — putting himself in danger in the process.

He ran up to the driver’s seat where the man was, and Bair described the situation: “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, a former player for the Oakland Raiders, Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles, pulled Steven Jenson out of the semitruck after it was hit by the train. 

Jenson was transported to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center by airlift, and he is in stable condition with “only had a few scratches.”

“All I can say is this guy was supposed to live. I’m a man of faith, and I’ve learned to listen to your gut and the promptings you get,” Bair said. “The Lord wanted him alive. Things could have gone different a million different directions, but things worked out on his behalf. That’s my conclusion. Whether it was me or someone else, he was supposed to live.”

Two teenagers and other people near the crash approached Bair afterwards. He said he is not a hero and that anyone in his position would have done the same. 


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Published on May 10, 2021