Update on crash that seriously injures Tracy Morgan: Recovery expected

Tracey Morgan
Tracey Morgan

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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UPDATE: MediaUpdate is reporting (unsubstantiated) that Tracy Morgan’s leg was crushed and it may be amputated. MediaTakeOut.com spoke with person who WORKS at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital who said “[Tracy] suffered a number of traumatic injuries, the most serious is his leg. It was crushed during the accident. [Doctors] are working hard to save his leg, but it looks like they may have to amputate.”

Kevin Roper, 35, posted a $50,000 bail after being charged in a crash that killed comedian Jimmy Mack (James McNair).

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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.

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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.

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  • Tears of a Clown

    I thought Tracy was from the Bronx….

  • that1irishmate

    As long as Tracy Jordan is alive, that is all that matters. Honestly, he brought us some pretty awesome stuff and hopefully he can continue with his career with or without a leg. 🙂

  • Christopher Jannette

    Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. Stronger, faster, funnier.

    • Brian Blair

      Long live the markov chains!

  • Not an American

    Why was the truck driver arrested and charged? Poor guy is probably already traumatized enough, you didn’t have to make him pay a $50,000 bail and give him criminal charges. I have no details, but I’m 100% he did not do it on purpose, it was an accident.

    • Tony

      I also have no details, it would be really sad for the guy to be found guilty and do time, if it was just an accident. We’re human and make mistakes, unless he was not sober or neglected to sleep when if he was sleepy he should not be charge.

      I really do hope everyone involved fully recovers. I used to be a fast and careless diver when I was younger but after seeing accidents never again will I be reckless. Everyone be safe!


    • Motoflou

      I think he still has to be held responsible for his neglect, as sad as that may be. If you’re dozing at the wheel while driving a semi-truck, your semi-truck is now essentially a fast-moving weapon. It sucks and it’s obvious that he didn’t’ want to hurt anyone, but still…I think you have to take responsibility for your actions.

      t’s a shame that the truck driving world is set up in such a way that drivers are so often tired/nodding at the wheel. But what can you do to fix a problem like that? Do truck drivers have a limit on the time/distances that truckers are allowed to drive on any given day? If they do, I’m sure they don’t always stick to it.

      • sorrybadbeat .

        They have a limit in Canada and are not allowed to show up early. In the old days they were rewarded but this was changed for the reasons you cited above.

      • No thanks

        The reason most truck drivers are doing that is because due to the harsh conditions of their contracts they make most of their money per load per mile so if they don’t push themselves like this they risk losing their routes. It’s a pretty broken system that leads to accidents like this; the driver’s life might as well be over if he goes to prison over this.

    • Nomdeplume

      Well, as someone said to Tucker Carlson, who agreed with you, “Tucker, if you’re driving a 16-wheel truck, a truck for Walmart, and you’re on the roads for the state of New Jersey, and you’re drowsy and you fall asleep, it’s certainly an act of recklessness,” the attorney insisted. “Not an intentional murder, but it’s an act of recklessness. And that’s where this reckless homicide comes in.”

      • LLuthor

        if he had been driving a truck for someone else would that have changed or is it that it’s related to Walmart?

  • Chris Brannigan

    Comedian Daryl Mitchell was paralysed in 2001 and went on to have alead role in a prime time comedy and several TV appearences since. If Tracy DOES lose his leg it’s not like his career is over…

  • Mushy

    There is a reason drivers have mandated hours now before rests, this is good for two things, less people dying, and removes probable cause to arrest that the driver was tired. In this case when it’s the celebrity on the prosecutions side it seems they get the book thrown for them.

    • ElRonbo

      Or perhaps its because the driver was up for 24 hours straight, in violation of the law.

  • Dragonzim

    While this is a tragic accident, it was an ACCIDENT! Would the driver be charged with a crime if it wasnt someone famous?

    • SomeGuy

      Absolutely. Anyone driving a semi who didn’t notice the traffic in front of him not moving until the last minute will be charged with careless driving or something to that effect. Especially if the accident results in death.

      • Lori

        It scares me how many people think he was only charged because one of the victims is famous.

        • LLuthor

          Sorry, just the rest of us have seen too many times that no-one actually cares about anything that happens to regular people until it happens to someone famous.

          • SomeGuy

            So you are saying no-one gets charged with careless driving when they cause an accident? I would check your police statistics on that. Sounds like you are just making an arbitrary generalization based on a personal perception.

    • Lori

      If you hit someone, killing one and seriously injuring others, should you NOT be charged with a crime just because “it was an accident”? Like seriously. How can you think that.

    • Nomdeplume

      It is called reckless homicide and a celebrity being in the limo is irrelevant.
      Had the truck hit ice on the road or lost control due to mechanical failure, it would be an accident. There was a moment well before the truck driver fell asleep when he could have chosen to stop the truck and go get some sleep. He chose to be reckless instead and now someone is dead.

  • Madvillainy

    It’s just kinda a shock, brings us back to Earth. These things happen and it can happen to anybody

  • Helen Mattson Gilmore

    Our thoughts &. Prayers are with you Tracey for a speedy recovery.

  • Organix

    Civilization faces grave danger where the angst of responsibility is transformed into hostility toward liberty.