Wilder Improving, Still In Hospital After Fall At Home

Memphis (AP) -- Family members say State Senator John Wilder is improving after suffering a fall at his home in Mason last night.

The 85-year-old wilder was injured about 8:30 (Central time) p.m. and taken by ambulance to the regional medical center in Memphis, where he was initially listed in critical condition.

This morning, doctors upgraded the senator's condition to serious.

His son, John Wilder Junior, says his father seems to be doing well. The younger Wilder says the longtime Democratic lawmaker got into his car after falling and drove himself across the street to a service station, where employees called an ambulance.

Senator Joe Haynes said today he talked to Wilder's son Shelton and was told the former speaker is alert but has a five-inch cut on his head. The hospital hasn't released details of his injuries.

Wilder has served in the state Senate since 1967. He also served a two-year Senate term that began in 1959.

Earlier this year wilder lost his bid to be re-elected as senate speaker, a post he had held for 36 years.

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