UPDATE: 11:50 AM EST
According to CNN, Kevin Roper, the driver of the Walmart tractor-trailer that crashed into an SUV limo carrying Tracy Morgan, was awake for more than 24 consecutive hours before the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board will investigate “safety issues related to commercial trucking and limousine safety,” said agency spokesman Keith Holloway.
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Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan remains in critical condition following a multi-vehicle accident early Saturday morning, but his publicist says he’s responsive after surgery on Sunday.
Morgan suffered several injuries, including broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken leg and a broken femur.
“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.”
If you recall, Morgan and comedians Ardie Fuqua, Harris Stanton and James McNair were involved in a six-vehicle accident around 1 a.m. Saturday on the New Jersey Turnpike. A Walmart tractor-trailer failed to observe slow-moving traffic and rear-ended the Mercedes Sprinter SUV limo carrying the comedians.
The collision killed Morgan’s fellow passenger and friend, McNair — who performed under the name Jimmy Mack.
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 driver of the truck that caused the crash turned himself in to police, but was released on a $50,000 bond. Kevin Roper, 35, was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office said.
We’ll keep you updated with the latest on Morgan’s condition.