A former NFL player just happened to be in the right place at the right time on Thursday and ended up saving the life of a man after the semi-truck he was driving was struck by a train, setting his rig on fire.
EastIdahoNews.com reports Brandon Bair, a former NFL defensive end, rescued 25-year-old Steven Jenson from the burning vehicle.
The accident occurred around 5:45 pm on Thursday in St. Anthony, Idaho.
Former NFL defensive end Brandon Bair rushed to the aid of a man trapped in a flaming semi-truck minutes after it had been struck by a train in Idaho on Thursday. https://t.co/NDCz62XENw
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Bair said he saw the accident happen.
“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 EastIdahoNews.com. “I got on the phone with 911 and started driving down the median to get to the front of the train when it stopped.”
The former football player stopped to see what he could do to help. He ran towards the semi after hearing a voice inside the burning cab.
Bair told the newspaper he made an immediate decision to go inside to get the driver out. He said he climbed halfway into the wrecked vehicle through a small rear window.
“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,” he said.
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