WASHINGTON, June 8, 2014 – UPDATE: 10:30pm – CNN Reports: Morgan suffered several injuries, including broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken leg and a broken femur. He underwent surgery on his leg on Sunday, Kay said, noting any road to recovery would be a long one.
“We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks,” he said.
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Kevin Roper, 35, posted a $50,000 bail after being charged in a crash that killed comedian Jimmy Mack (James McNair).
McNair was riding with the Saturday Night Live alum, movie star and comedian Tracy Morgan who is presently in critical condition according to Sgt. Gregory Williams of New Jersey State Police.
The chain-reaction wreck happened around 1:00 am Eastern on Saturday morning. Morgan was riding with McNair as well fellow comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, who along with Jeffrey Millea, were also injured.
Middlesex County Prosecutors’ Office said that Roper, is charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Mercer was driving a Walmart tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike in Mercer County.
Williams, of the NJ Police said Roper crashed into the limo bus containing Morgan, McNair and the other injured.
“I climbed around and heard Tracy screaming for help,” said his driver, Tyrone Gale. “I climbed up on the body of the limo bus … but I couldn’t reach them.”
According to ABC News N.J. State Police said they believed the truck driver was dozing and didn’t see traffic slowing in front of his 18-wheeler until it was too late, crashing into the vehicle carrying comedian Morgan and his entourage.
“I just remember the impact. … We didn’t know which way was up, which way was down. I don’t know if we flipped several times or one time,” Gale said. “I saw the condition of everybody and I knew it would just make it worse if I tried to pull them up and out of the vehicle.”
“The driver of the tractor-trailer failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead,” Williams said. “At the last minute, he swerved to try and avoid the Mercedes limo bus but struck it from behind, forcing the limo to rotate and overturn.”
Four other vehicles were involved in the crash, the prosecutor’s office said, but no one in those vehicles was injured.
Williams said he does not believe alcohol played a role in the crash, but that is under investigation.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate “safety issues related to commercial trucking and limousine safety,” said agency spokesman Keith Holloway.
Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said Roper is an employee of the chain story.
“This is a tragedy, and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved,” Bill Simon, president and CEO of Walmart U.S., said in a statement.
“The facts are continuing to unfold. If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility.”
Morgan, 45, was a regular on “Saturday Night Live” for seven years. He later received an Emmy nomination for his role in “30 Rock,” in which he played Tracy Jordan, an exaggerated version of himself. Morgan had performed Friday night at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino and was scheduled to appear at the Fillmore Charlotte in North Carolina on Saturday night.
The 45-year-old New York City resident joined “SNL” in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy program for seven years. He left SNL to star “The Tracy Morgan Show” (2003) for one season before he joined the long-running NBC’s hit show “30 Rock,” which was created by “SNL” co-star Tina Fey.
Morgan grew up fatherless, one of five siblings, in a crime-filled section of Brooklyn, where he helped raise and support his family, media sources reveal.
The actor received messages of support and concern on Twitter.
My Prayers go out to My long time friend #TraceyMorgan. And all the people in the car accident.
— Smokey Suarez (@smokeysuarez) June 7, 2014
Wishing a speedy recovery to our friend @RealTracyMorgan
— SNL Weekend Update (@SNLUpdate) June 7, 2014
Shocked to wake up and read that @RealTracyMorgan is injured. Love to Tracy and wishing him strength.
— Rachel Dratch (@TheRealDratch) June 7, 2014
My thoughts are with Tracy Morgan and his family. I hope he pulls through this soon and gets back to making us laugh! pic.twitter.com/oZdkXtsRPQ
— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) June 7, 2014
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Saying a prayer for @RealTracyMorgan
— Jon Favreau (@Jon_Favreau) June 7, 2014 Morgan made his reputation with over-the-top characters and impressions of celebrities such as Mike Tyson and Oprah Winfrey.
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