“30 Rock” Star Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition After NJ Car Crash
(CRANBURY, NJ) -- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was injured in a car crash on the N.J. Turnpike early Saturday morning, a State Police spokesperson told ABC News.
A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital said Morgan, who starred in NBC's 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, is listed in critical condition. He and his party were riding in a chauffeured Mercedes Sprinter, a limo-type bus, and were returning from a tour date in Delaware when the multi-car accident occurred. There were seven people on the bus at the time of the collision.
One person, identified by New Jersey State Police as James McNair, 63, was killed in the crash. Three others, including Morgan's assistant Jeff Millea and comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton, were injured, police said. McNair was a comedy writer for Morgan and the two were longtime friends. Millea is also listed in critical condition, said an official briefed on the investigation.
Lewis Kay, a representative for Morgan, released a statement on Saturday morning, saying that the comedian "remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital," adding, "His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care."
Morgan's representatives do not expect "much of a change in his condition today," but added that they will "provide a further update once more information becomes available."
The six-vehicle crash happened in the northbound lanes at mile marker 71.5 near New Brunswick about 1 a.m., according to N.J. State Police. The crash was essentially a chain reaction that began when the driver of a tractor trailer "failed to observe slow-moving traffic" ahead of him -- possibly because he had dozed off. The driver tried to swerve away from the vehicle containing Morgan and others at the last moment, but failed, and rear-ended Morgan's vehicle. All of those injured in the crash were on board the bus, the New Jersey State Police said.
Multiple charges have now been filed against the truck driver, identified as Kevin Roper, including one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.
Morgan's performance Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., was cancelled.
Among the celebrities tweeting prayers and get-well wishes to Morgan: frequent SNL guest host Steve Martin, former SNL cast members Rachel Dratch and Chris Rock, 30 Rock guest star Chloe Grace Moretz, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Marlon Wayans, George Lopez, Bob Saget, Mike Epps, Rob Riggle, Questlove of The Roots, Andy Richter, Russell Simmons, Mary J. Blige, Ice T, Rosanne Barr, Joan Rivers, Josh Groban and actors Kevin Brown and Grizz Chapman, who played Dot Com and Grizz, members of Morgan's character's entourage, on 30 Rock.
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