Tracy Morgan, famed actor and comedian, is still in critical condition a day after the chauffeured limousine bus he was traveling in was involved in a deadly chain-reaction vehicular pileup early Saturday morning. Besides Morgan’s injuries, two others in his group are in critical condition, according to a Yahoo! News report on Sunday. One person, James “Jimmy Mack” McNair who was a fellow comedian and mentor of Morgan’s, died in the accident.
The others who are in critical condition are also at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital with Morgan. Those listed in critical condition with Morgan are Jeffrey Millea, 36 of Shelton, Connecticut and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr., 43, of Jersey City. Harris Stanton, another comedian was treated for injuries and released from the hospital.
Tyrone Gale was driving the limousine bus in which Morgan and his entourage were traveling. Gale said that he was disoriented after the bus flipped over. He said he could hear Morgan screaming for help. Gale also said that he climbed up on the body of the limousine bus but he couldn’t get to them. Atlantic Transportation Services owns the limousine bus involved. The company had two employees in the vehicle at the time of the accident, Gale – the driver – and a second employee who was also located in the front seat of the bus. The two employees were not injured, according to the Huffington Post.
Kevin Roper, a 35-year-old from Jonesboro, Georgia, caused the accident. He apparently failed to slow down for traffic ahead of him and swerved at the last second to avoid the crash, says the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s office in New Jersey. The huge rig that Roper was driving crashed into the back of the Mercedes limousine bus. After crashing into the limousine bus, there was a chain-reaction crash with a second lorry, an SUV, and two cars. There were no injuries to persons in other vehicles involved in the wreckage.
Roper, who was driving a Wal-Mart truck, turned himself in to New Jersey State Police. He was released on bail Saturday night. Bill Simon, the president of Wal-Mart, said that Wal-Mart will take full responsibility if it is determined by authorities that the Wal-Mart truck driven by Roper was the cause of the accident. State police and the National Transportation Safety Board are working together to look at any issues related to commercial trucking and limousine safety in the crash.
Morgan is a native of Brooklyn, New York. He found fame on “Saturday Night Live” in 1996. After seven years on that show, he left to star in “The Tracy Morgan Show” in 2003 which lasted one year. In 2006, he was a star on NBC’s “30 Rock.”