Tracy Morgan, famed comedian and actor, was in a 6-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday. He was placed in intensive care due to injuries. At the time of the accident, he was riding in a limousine bus, according to a Yahoo! News report on Saturday. (Update: Tracy Morgan still in critical condition, Wal-Mart truck driver turns self in)
The former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” star was traveling with six other persons when the accident happened at approximately 1 a.m. Sgt. First Class Greg Williams with the State Police said the accident occurred on the turnpike near Cranbury Township. Specifically, the accident occurred in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near mile marker 71.5.
One person reportedly died in the accident. Morgan was taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Other than Morgan being in critical condition and one person dying in the accident, there are no reports of other injuries in the mishap. The New Jersey Turnpike was closed for more than five hours following the deadly and injurious vehicular crash. It was reopened at approximately 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to the Chicago Tribune.
According to Sgt. Williams, two cars, two tractor-trailers, and an SUV were involved in the accident with the limousine bus that Morgan was riding in. The cause of the vehicular pileup is unknown. An investigation is taking place.
Morgan is a 45-year-old entertainer who is a Brooklyn, New York native. He became nationally known when he began his stint on “Saturday Night Live” in 1996. He was on SNL for seven years before starring in “The Tracy Morgan Show” in 2003. After that show lasted just one season, he landed a role on NBC-TV’s “30 Rock” in 2006. Morgan’s co-star in SNL, Tina Fey created the very popular show, “30 Rock,” of which Morgan was a major part.