Tracy Morgan critical but 'more responsive' after deadly crash

Jun 09 2014, 08:37 IST
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SummaryTracy Morgan, known for his roles in '30 Rock' and 'Saturday Night Live', suffered injuries including a broken leg and nose and several broken ribs in a deadly New Jersey highway crash.

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was still in critical condition, but more responsive, on Sunday, after suffering injuries including a broken leg and nose and several broken ribs in a deadly New Jersey highway crash, his spokesman said.

Morgan, best known for his roles in "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" television shows, and three other people traveling with him in a limo bus, were injured in the crash with a truck that also killed comedian James McNair on Saturday.

"While Tracy remains in critical condition, he has been more responsive today, which is an incredibly encouraging sign," his spokesman, Lewis Kay, said in a statement.

"We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks. His family is tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans."

Kay said Morgan, 45, had suffered several injuries, including a broken leg, femur and nose and several broken ribs and that he had surgery on his leg.

McNair, 62, known by his stage name Jimmy Mack, of Peekskill, New York, died at the scene, according to New Jersey State Police.

The comics were returning from a performance in Delaware around 1 a.m. on Saturday when a transport truck slammed into the back of their chauffeured Mercedes limo bus near Cranbury Township, New Jersey, flipping it over.

The impact caused a chain reaction crash involving another truck, a sport utility vehicle and two other cars, said New Jersey State Police spokesman Gregory Williams.

"The Peterbilt tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on the turnpike, in the center lane, when the driver failed to recognize traffic was slowing," he said.

"When he did notice the Mercedes bus in front of him, he attempted to avoid collision by swerving to the left, but it was too late."

A fifth passenger in the limo was lightly injured and released from the hospital. Passengers in the other vehicles were not hurt, Williams said.

DRIVER CHARGED

The driver of the truck, Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, turned himself in to authorities and was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto, a Middlesex County Correction official said.

He was released from jail on Sunday after posting $50,000 bail, the official said. He is expected to face arraignment in New Jersey early this week.

The limo driver, Tyrone Gale, said on Facebook there was nothing he could do to prevent the crash.

"I can only say feeling helpless on the highway was very hard to

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