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Morgan Remains Critical but is 'More Responsive'

June 9, 2014

By John Bacon, @JMBacon, USA TODAY

Comedian Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition after an accident that killed his writing partner. (file photo)
Comedian Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition after an accident that killed his writing partner. (file photo)

Tracy Morgan was "more responsive" Sunday but remained in critical condition after a deadly crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, his spokesman said.

Morgan, who starred in 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, suffered broken leg bones, a broken nose and several broken ribs in the crash that killed fellow comic and Morgan mentor James "Jimmy Mack" McNair, Morgan spokesman Lewis Kay said. Kay also said Morgan had surgery Sunday on his leg.

"We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks," Kay said. "His family is tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans."

State police said Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, failed to see slow-moving traffic near Cranbury Township. His truck slammed into a 2012 Mercedes limousine bus carrying Morgan, McNair and several others, setting off a chain reaction involving another tractor-trailer, an SUV and two cars, authorities said.

The limousine was returning from a stand-up comedy show in Delaware. Morgan, 45, was flown to Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in nearby New Brunswick.

Roper was released on $50,000 bail Saturday night, Wal-Mart spokesman David Tovar said Sunday. Roper is charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.


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