Trussville youth baseball umpire critically injured in Jasper car dealership explosion
From Trussville Tribune staff reports
JASPER — An explosion in the oil well of a Jasper car dealership has left one local man in the hospital. Jake Jennings, a well-known umpire in Trussville and Moody resident was taken to UAB Hospital following the explosion, according to sources. Four people are critically injured and a fifth person was taken to Walker Baptist Medical Center.
Jennings is a Class of 1996 graduate of Erwin High School, and several friends have posted on his social media accounts wishing him well. Ashley Watts posted on Facebook that Jennings was involved in the explosion.
“Prayer warriors you’re needed now more than ever,” she posted.
Jennings is in critical, but stable condition with burns over most of his body.
Jasper police said five people have been injured, and multiple first responders reacted to the scene at Carl Cannon Chevrolet Cadillac Buick GMC.
The state fire marshal’s office, along with Walker County Emergency Management and Jasper police are investigating the cause of the explosion.