Injured driver improving |

Injured driver improving

Gregory Crofton

Washoe Medical Center upgraded the condition of a man who severely injured his head Monday afternoon when his pickup rolled off the side of U.S. Highway 50 just west of Sierra-at-Tahoe.

Richard Albanese, 61, was critical when flown to the hospital from Lake Tahoe Airport. Tuesday the hospital listed him in serious but stable condition.

The resident of Santa Rosa, Calif., suffered a severe laceration in the top of his head after his Ford truck launched off a mound of dirt on the side of the highway. California Highway Patrol said they believe he fell asleep at the wheel.

The pickup came to rest wedged against a large pine tree. The truck’s bed was filled with household items.

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