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Worker Recovering After Plant Explosion -- Mikayla Lewis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Wednesday started out like normal for Joey Clark , going  to his temporary job doing maintenance at Rio Ammunition.

The day didn't end like usual.

An explosion at the Humphrey's county plant killed Rodney Edwards, and injured three others including Clark. Life flight took him to Vanderbilt Medical Center.

Tony Clark says," We are very thankful that he did make it. We realize that the situation could have been reversed. We could have been the ones with joey preparing for funeral."

Now Clark's family is preparing for Joey's recovery .

Tony Clark, says it looked like the blast crushed his 42-year-old brother's arm and hand.

Clark says, "They are not sure how much they are going to be able to save. The face had severe cuts, the doctor said that it looked like a sharp knife had cut all the way to the bone on his face."

Cutting deeper emotionally for Joey Clark, his wife penny, two daughters, and the rest of his family.

The family continues to wait by Joey Clark's side his first surgery lasting nearly 8 hours.

Lanette Lewis says, "Having my brother here means the world to me. He's my baby brother. He's the baby."

Clark's family says he could lose sight in his left eye ...

But they also say he's keeping his spirit up, cracking a joke or two through the severe physical pain.


Tony Clark says, "He's a big guy, but he also has a big heart. Joey would do anything for anybody."


As the investigation continues, so does Clark's journey with several more surgeries scheduled in the future.

Tony Clark says, "Everything happens for a reason and we know that God will never put us through more than what we can handle."

To help Joey Clark with his recovery, you can go to any Regions Bank and make a donation or click here! #pray 4 Joey Clark

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