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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.

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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.


  1. Prayers for him and his family.

  2. Kathy Sills says:

    Prayers for all involved

  3. Kay Hicks says:

    Praying for these families

  4. Jimmy Goeb says:

    Get well Jake prayers for the family

  5. Prayers for all involved!

  6. Prayers for all that got hurt

  7. Tina Wyatt says:

    I worked with Jake’s dad for a while, and remember Jake when he worked at Benchmark. Sending prayers to all involved.

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  9. I read in the article that Eric Handley was in the explosion and this is INCORRECT. He was involved in an accident this afternoon.. not related to Jake’s. I just wanted to clarify. Praying for both families!

  10. Yes Eric Handley was in a accident at work. But not in that explosion. Eric works at Eastern tree service not Carl cannon.

  11. Sending prayers to all!

  12. Dawn Staub says:

    Thoughta and prayers for everyone injured!!

  13. Praying for all…….love

  14. Connie Posey says:

    Prayers for all involved…

  15. Prayers for all involved

  16. I ask God to work mightily in this area of need for multiple people and families. May He work both miracles and healings; body, soul and spirit.

  17. Prayers for all the families

  18. Praying for this family. I know his uncle Paul Jennings. Also praying for the other 4.

  19. Jake passed away , please remember his family in your prayers.

  20. So very sad. Praying for his family and friends and all the others injured in this accident.

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