Former Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Brandon Bair saved a man from a burning train on Thursday in Idaho, according to the East Idaho News.
Bair was driving near St. Anthony, Idaho, on Thursday night when he saw a semi-truck get hit by a train. Instantly, he said, the truck exploded.
“There was an explosion right away, and the train was pushing the truck down the tracks,” he said, via the 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.”
When he got there, he said he saw conductors getting out of the train. Smoke was everywhere, but he heard a voice coming from inside the truck.
“It was a conscious decision that I’m going in because he needs help right now,” Bair said, via the East Idaho News. “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 … We walked away, and within seconds, the fire on the roof fell down and inside and the whole cab went up in flames. A few minutes later, there were a couple big booms and explosives.”
The man inside the truck, per the report, was 25-year-old Steven Jenson. He was then airlifted to a local hospital, and was “in fair condition” on Friday morning. The crash is being investigated.
Bair, who played at Oregon for four seasons, appeared in 21 games for the Eagles in 2014 and 2015 and recorded 28 total tackles. He also spent time on the Kansas City Chiefs and Oakland Raiders before he retired in 2016.
“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, via the East Idaho News. “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.”
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