Tracy Morgan, 2 others critical; trucker charged

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Associated Press

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 8 at 7:30 PM

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Tracy Morgan is recovering, but is expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left two others critically injured and another man dead.

Morgan's spokesman, Lewis Kay, says the 45-year-old actor and comedian, a former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" cast member, remains in critical condition but was "more responsive" Sunday after having surgery.

Kay says Morgan also sustained a broken femur, broken nose and several broken ribs. He says Morgan's family is "tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans."

A Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. Authorities say 35-year-old Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead early Saturday and swerved at the last minute to avoid a crash. Instead, his big rig smashed into the back of Morgan's chauffeured limo bus, killing comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair.

Also critically injured were Morgan's assistant, Jeffrey Millea of Shelton, Connecticut, and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr. of Jersey City.

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