Belfast Telegraph

Tracy Morgan getting ‘excellent care’

Tracy Morgan is surrounded by family while in hospital after Saturday’s crash.

The actor is in critical condition after his limousine was rear-ended by a tractor trailer in the early hours of Saturday morning on the New Jersey turnpike. There were six passengers in the limo, and Tracy’s friend and colleague James McNair died in the crash, Sgt. 1st Class Greg Williams told the Associated Press.

The 30 Rock star was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

"His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care," his representative, Lewis Kay, said in a statement issued to USAToday. "We don't anticipate much of a change in his condition today."

Kevin Roper, 35, was the driver of the tractor and has reportedly been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault as a result of the accident. His bail was set at $50,000.

The crash is said to have happened when Roper failed to see that traffic up ahead was slowing down and swerved at the last second to try and avoid hitting other cars. This made his truck collide with the back of Tracy’s limo and prompted a pile-up that also involved another tractor-trailer, an SUV and two cars.

The driver of the truck was apparently working for Walmart, who have issued a statement expressing their sorrow and condolences for the victims of the crash.

"This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved," CEO Bill Simon said. "We are working quickly to understand what happened and are cooperating fully with law enforcement to aid their investigation."

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