Man in critical condition after highway wreck |

Man in critical condition after highway wreck

A 75-year-old Gardnerville man is in critical condition after losing control of his truck and slamming into a grove of Aspen trees off of U.S. Highway 50 across from the Lake Village condominiums in Stateline.

William Waite suffered massive internal injuries and underwent surgery Wednesday afternoon at Washoe Medical Center in Reno, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Firefighters had to tear the roof from Williams’ pickup truck in order to get him out and were forced to close U.S. Highway 50 shortly after 11:30 a.m. to allow a rescue helicopter to land near the accident.

“It was a pretty brutal wreck,” said Todd Moss, of the Tahoe-Douglas Fire Protection District. “We don’t know quite what happened.”

Witnesses said Williams was traveling eastbound at about 40 miles per hour when he began to drift and suddenly veered across the two oncoming lanes into the trees.

“He never braked, he never slowed down, he just ran right into the trees,” said Charles BoBo, who was directly behind Williams.

“He was awake and alert – he was talking to us – he just wasn’t sure how the accident happened but that is pretty common after traumatic events.”

Paramedics drained blood from Williams’ chest and had difficulty keeping him awake after removing him from the truck.

He had been pinned to his seat by the steering wheel, according to Moss, who said it took 17 minutes to extract him.

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