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Tracy Morgan remains hospitalized after his chauffeured limousine was involved in a multi-vehicle accident early Saturday, where the actor sustained multiple injuries.
“While Tracy remains in critical condition, he has been more responsive today, which is an incredibly encouraging sign,” said rep Lewis Kay in a Sunday statement. “He sustained a number of injuries including a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. He had surgery earlier today on his leg. We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks. His family is tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans.”
After 1 a.m. Saturday, a Mercedes Sprinter SUV limousine carrying Morgan and comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton was involved in a six-vehicle accident. Fuqua’s rep has not yet issued a statement regarding the condition of the comedian.
One man, James McNair, died of injuries sustained in the crash.
A tractor-trailer truck driver “failed to observe slow moving traffic ahead of him” and veered into Morgan’s limousine, overturning the vehicle and creating a “chain reaction” accident, New Jersey state police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams told The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday.
The driver of the limousine “did not sustain life-threatening injuries,” according to a statement from the limo company, Atlantic Transportation Services. Tyrone Gale, the driver of Morgan’s limousine, said that he heard the comedian call for help after the collision.
“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,” Gale told ABC News.
The 35-year-old tractor-trailer truck driver, a Georgia man named Kevin Roper, was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office stated. His bail was set at $50,000.
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