Saturday, June 7, 2014

Tracy Morgan In Critical Condition After Fatal Car Crash, Walmart Driver Charged

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Tracy Morgan is currently in critical condition after his Mercedes Limo was backended by a Walmart truck-trailer. Tracy Morgan is best known for his comedic roles on "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock," and was on his way back from a comic event. 63-year-old James McNair who was in 's vehicle died in the crash while the comedian and three other passengers were hospitalized. The driver of the truck that hit them has been charged now.

According to the Chicago Tribune,

Morgan, 45, an unidentified 36-year-old man from Shelton, Ct., and a 43-year-old man from Jersey City, remain in critical condition, authorities said.

The fourth passenger who was hospitalized has been treated and released.

Roper was expected to surrender to authorities, and bail was set at $50,000.

A preliminary investigation determined that the tractor-trailer crashed into the van, a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter, as both vehicles traveled in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike.

Four other vehicles were subsequently involved in the crash, and none of the occupants of those vehicles were injured.

Morgan was taken by helicopter to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, in critical condition and was in intensive care, said Gregory Williams, a state police spokesman.

The comedian James McNair, also known as Jimmy Mack, was killed in the crash, police said. McNair, who was 63 and lived in Peekskill in New York, was riding in the limo bus with Morgan.

Jeff Millea, Morgan's assistant, and the comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were also injured, along with three other people, police said.

Fuqua had tweeted a link to his Facebook page after the show. "€œThis is what it looks like from the stage to see a standing ovation from 1500 people. Then we traveled back to NYC in style in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter. Road life is a good life!" he wrote.

The crash involved the bus, two tractor-trailers, a sports utility vehicle and two other vehicles and occurred at around 1 a.m. on Saturday morning near Cranbury Township, Williams said.

“The limo bus is the only vehicle that overturned,” Williams told CNN. “Looks like one of the tractor-trailers may have rear-ended that limo bus, but that's preliminary at this time.”

He said he did not believe alcohol played a role in the accident, but said that is part of the investigation.

"We're praying for the family and friends of the passenger who lost his life in the terrible accident in New Jersey," said Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon in a written statement. "Our hearts go out to everyone involved and we hope those who were injured get the care that they need and make a full recovery. "This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved."

Morgan's publicist, Lewis Kay, released a statement that reads, "Tracy remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital.  He sustained these injuries in an accident that occurred early this morning as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware. His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care.  We don’t anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available."

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