According to New Jersey State Police, the crash that critically injured Tracy Morgan was caused by a sleepy truck driver who did not notice that traffic had slowed down in front of his semi in enough time to prevent rear ending the vehicle in which Morgan was riding. Morgan was with his entourage in a limo bus on the New Jersey Turnpike when the six-car crash occurred early Saturday morning. One occupant of the limo bus was killed and three others were injured. Morgan, 45, was airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., where he is in intensive care in critical condition.
Morgan was traveling home with his entourage from Dover, Delaware, after performing at the Dover Downs Casino as part of his “Turn it Funny” tour on Friday night. The multiple car accident occurred near New Brunswick in the northbound lanes at approximately 1:00 a.m., when a semi rear-ended the limo bus in which Morgan’s group was traveling, causing the vehicle to overturn. An SUV and another semi as well as two other vehicles were also involved. In total, seven people were injured in the multi-car pile-up. Morgan’s limo bus was the only vehicle to overturn.
A total of seven passengers were riding in the limo bus at the time of the accident. The passenger who was killed was one of Morgan’s comedy writers, James McNair, 63, of Peekskill, N.Y. Jeff Millea, assistant to Morgan, is in critical condition after the crash. Two additional passengers were also injured; one is in critical condition and one is in fair condition at the hospital.
The comedian who opened for Morgan on Friday night, Ardie Fuqua, posted pictures to Instagram just past midnight that showed a view from the stage of a standing ovation and saying that they returned to New York in a Mercedes Sprinter. Judah Friedlander, who co-starred on 30 Rock with Morgan, has tweeted that Fuqua was involved in the accident as well as comedian Harris Stanton. New Jersey police have not confirmed that information. Fuqua recently lost his son, Ardley Jamaal Fuqua, after he sustained an elbow injury to the heart while playing basketball, causing him to go into shock before dying.
The comedian, who starred in eight seasons of Saturday Night Live and in the series 30 Rock, recently had a daughter with his fiancee, Megan Wollover, last July and has three adult children from a prior relationship. He is diabetic and underwent a kidney transplant in 2010. Morgan was scheduled to appear on tour in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday night, but his performance has been canceled. Celebrities and those who knew Morgan have taken to Twitter en masse to wish he and his family well and to offer prayers for a speedy recovery.
According to Morgan’s representative, Lewis Kay, his family is with him at the hospital. No change in his condition is expected to occur today. Police do not believe at this time that alcohol played a part in the accident.
By Jennifer Pfalz