This morning, Tracy Morgan remains hospitalized a following a six-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday morning. According to New Jersey State Police, the accident happened around 1 a.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike at mile post 7A near Cranbury Township, New Jersey. Police say it appears that accident happened when a limousine carrying Morgan and six other people was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer, then overturned. The tractor trailer, a Walmart vehicle, was being driven by Kevin Roper, 35, and he is now charged with vehicular homicide and assault by auto in the Saturday morning crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. The truck driver charged in the crash turned himself in to police, and was released on $50,000 bail Saturday night.
Walmart issued the following statement:
"With regards to news reports that suggest Mr. Roper was working for 24 hours, it is our belief that Mr. Roper was operating within the federal hours of service regulations," Brooke Buchanan said in a written statement, referring to limits of 11 hours driving in a 14-hour period followed by 10 hours of rest.” www.cnn.com
Morgan’s publicist, Lewis Kay, issued the following statement on Monday:
“Tracy remains in critical but stable condition. His fiancée Megan is by his side. The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating (mostly inaccurately) on his condition. Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated. As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg. We are working closely with the incredible staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to share information when it is available. This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time. Thank you.” www.cbs.com
The collision killed Morgan's fellow passenger, comedian James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack. Morgan suffered several injuries, including broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken leg and a broken femur. Kay said Morgan underwent surgery on his leg on Sunday. “We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks," he said. www.cnn.com