Update: Tracy Morgan Accident Has High Impact


Update: GLV has learned that we have reported that Ardie Fuqua passed away from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in which one other person was killed, and actor Tracy Morgan was seriously injured. In fact, Mr. Fuqua is alive, and recovering from his injuries. GLV regrets this error, but we have not updated the original article because we do not wish to conceal errors when they occur. We regret any concerns that individuals personally affected by the error may have experienced. Please contact publisher@guardianlv.com for further information or to make additional comments.

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan, while still in recovery, was recently released from a New Jersey hospital  after a terrible multi-vehicle accident, a highly publicized impact that resulted in two deaths earlier this month. Now in a rehabilitative facility to continue his recovery, Mr. Morgan is continuing to receive an outpouring of affection and encouragement from family, friends, and cable network company FX. In the midst of his rehabilitation, FX is standing behind the comedian, stating that his untitled show “will be waiting” for the actor when he has made a full recovery and is ready to go back to work. The support the 30 Rock star is receiving after the accident is heartwarming, revealing a snapshot as to what kind of impact Morgan has on America’s hearts and high spirits.

It is important, however, to remember the victims of that same accident, and the loved ones they left behind. James McNair, 63, a comedy writer and close friend of Morgan’s, died at the scene of the grizzly impact. Known as “Uncle Jimmy Mack,” McNair hosted his own local show, the Uncle Jimmy Mack Amateur Hour. Veteran comedian Ardie Fuqua, 43, was injured in the accident, passing away while in critical condition at a local New Jersey hospital. In 2012, Fuqua’s son died in a car accident, and the comedian, who was well-known for reaching out to his fans,  used to make himself available to other loved ones of crash victims, often using social media outlets or meeting in person after his shows.

As fellow comedians, family, and network executives rally to support the crash victims, the confusing question still hangs in the air: why had the driver, who was responsible for the June 7 crash, not slept in over 24 hours? As other questions surrounding Morgan’s accident are starting to shed light on what lead up to the highly publicized impact on the New Jersey Turnpike, many are pointing towards the concept of “drowsy driving,” and just how deadly the practice can be. According to the National Sleep Foundation, commercial drivers “are especially susceptible” to driving while sleep-deprived. In a 1996 study published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, data from 80 commercial truckers collected revealed that drivers only averaged a meager five hours of sleep a night. While the study may be nearly two decades old, its disconcerting findings have influenced charters for the future of highway driving safety.

It is not a well-kept secret that truckers are often sleep-deprived while on the road, and in 2013 a legislation ruling dictated that commercial drivers adhere to specific work-hour guidelines, determining when and how often they should take breaks, and cutting the overall number of hours a driver could work. Before the legislation passed, commercial truckers worked up to 82 hours per week; this was dropped to 70, still an impressively high number for the highway drivers.

Unfortunately, not everyone is in favor of these new regulations; Senator Susan Collins (Maine, Rep.) is fighting the ruling, promoting an amendment to freeze the new decision until further studies surrounding commercial truckers and “drowsy driving” provide more conclusive evidence on these fatigue-related accidents. Trucking executives supportive of this amendment also argue that drivers should be able to follow their own schedule, allowing for maximum flexibility. If drivers can only be on the road during specific times of the day, they argue, accidents are more likely to occur, due to heavier traffic congestion.

Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety’s Vice President Henry Jasny weighed in on the debate, offering that repealing the legislation would mean more truckers would be on the roads for longer hours, congestion or no, and were more likely experience higher levels of fatigue. In light of the June 7 impact, Jasny noted that if it were not for the fact that the well-known funnyman Morgan was involved in the accident, there was a high likelihood that the impact would have gone unnoticed. Under-reporting of collisions is an unfortunate occurrence, leading to a misrepresentation in the number of fatigue-related crashes each year.

By Hayden Freed


New York Times
National Sleep Foundation

15 Responses to "Update: Tracy Morgan Accident Has High Impact"

  1. Sara   July 31, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I adore 30 Rock… I can see Tracy Morgan now, the great comedian that he is, battling through his injuries with a smile on his face and a joke on his lips. I hope that’s how he’s getting through it anyway <3

    Sara @ http://www.simplenewz.com

  2. michelle   July 9, 2014 at 2:25 am

    Im glad to hear Tracy is ok but I’m tm sorry for the one who died

  3. Ava   June 30, 2014 at 11:23 am

    Terrible writing. Terrible reporting.

  4. John Bacardi   June 29, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    delete your misinformation!

  5. MV   June 29, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    with all due respect, I believe the word is “grisly,” not “grizzly”

  6. steve demers   June 29, 2014 at 5:09 am

    when hinkly,shot Reagan and james brady in 81.The news said brady had died and had a min of silence.Not to long after ,maybe 10 min they recanted and said he was not dead .I bet there was someone fired over that one.

  7. saradarce   June 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    Not a great way to start an article with the misinformation you’re making amends for in the first place. I had a good cry and reached out to mutual friends of Ardie, before reading on. Thanks from all of us.

    • John Bacardi   June 29, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      i had a heart attack reading that! i check for ardies condition often and i thought he just died. not cool.

  8. Kelly Cotten   June 28, 2014 at 9:01 am

    You obviously know nothing about commercial drivers hours of service rules. You should do some research before you make statements regarding them.

  9. Tina Oliver   June 27, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    My soul cries out for all the victims involved, and my prayers go out to each family that has been affected on all sides. We as a people have to bear in mind that reporters are only reporting information they get from people (who by the way are human). We live in a world where everybody takes everything and get it twisted out of context,haven’t you ever made a human error. I’m certain that the gentleman being accused well carry this with him all the days of his life, and I’m certain that you think I’m crazy when I say he’s not at fault.Just look at this society that we are living in today,we’re constantly being pushed to the brink. That man’s family will suffer too,who’s going to pay their rent who’s going to buy their food is going to take care of his responsibilities that he left home. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying that he shouldn’t be held accountable but really it’s not his fault,accidents of this magnitude go unnoticed every day,bosses should be accountable for the drivers they put on road. I’m a mother and a Christian God have mercy on us all.

  10. Dominic   June 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    Horrible reporter no one should read further from this source unresponsive doesn’t even touch the negligence of this reporter… Ethics are still important in reporting especially in the day of fact checkers on every smart phone… Extremely disappointed in the reporting

  11. Leonora   June 27, 2014 at 11:18 am

    I am sure you did not mean to make the mistake. Now that you know, I am certain a lesson was learned that won’t be repeated. My prayers go out to all the victims, even those who have been released from the hospital, but still has to deal with the memories.

  12. Hayden   June 27, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Having written this, I am thankful for those who brought my error to light, and I offer my most sincere apologies to any loved ones affected by this.

  13. jenn messing   June 26, 2014 at 3:49 pm

    Um apparently Furqua is still alive. That’s horrible to report he died.

  14. Klepacki-Harding Nancy   June 26, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    I believe the term is ‘grisly’ – not grizzly. Insightful story but your credibility is damaged…


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