Tracy Morgan More Responsive, Likely to Remain Hospitalized for ‘Several Weeks’
(NEW YORK) -- Tracy Morgan was "more responsive" but remained in critical condition on Sunday after the multi-car crash that killed one and injured the comedian and three others early Saturday morning.
According to a statement from Morgan's publicist, the 30 Rock star suffered a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. Morgan reportedly underwent surgery on his leg on Sunday. He is expected to remain hospitalized for "several weeks."
The six-vehicle crash happened in the northbound lanes at mile marker 71.5 on the New Jersey Turnpike at about 1 a.m. Saturday, according to N.J. State Police.
The crash was a chain reaction caused by the first truck, a Peterbilt with Oklahoma plates, New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said.
When the driver of the truck suddenly became aware of the Mercedes Sprinter limo bus in front of him, he swerved left to avoid it, but struck the limo bus in the rear and then hit another vehicle, Williams said.
The limo bus carrying Morgan lost control and began rotating clockwise and then turned over onto its left side. While it was out of control, the limo bus hit a Buick, which crashed into a Ford F150 pickup truck, and another tractor-trailer.
The truck that caused the crash came to rest on the left shoulder after hitting a guardrail.
The truck driver, Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. He surrendered Saturday night and was released from jail, according to the Middlesex County Department of Corrections. On Sunday, Walmart confirmed to ABC that Roper, a driver for them, was placed on administrative leave.
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