The Caltrans worker who was injured in a fatal crash near Visalia on Friday appears to be improving.
Arturo Saballa Jr., 63, of Fresno, who was listed in critical condition Saturday has been upgraded to serious, Community Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Mary Lisa Russell said Sunday.
A 56-year-old Tulare man died and several other people were hurt Friday morning, including Saballa, in a crash on Highway 198 east of Visalia in Tulare County, the California Highway Patrol said.
An eastbound vehicle struck a Caltrans vehicle on the highway shoulder in the area of Road 182.
Two Caltrans workers who had been doing maintenance work were just returning to their truck when a gold 2002 Dodge Ram pickup suddenly veered to the right and hit the Caltrans vehicle, pushing it off the shoulder and down an embankment.
The passenger in the pickup, whose name has not been released, died in the crash, CHP said.
The other Caltrans worker, Mark A. Peton, 49, of Tulare, suffered minor injuries.
Editor’s note: Due to incorrect information from the California Highway Patrol, an earlier version of the story incorrectly spelled Arturo Saballa Jr.’s last name as Seballa.