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Comedian Tracy Morgan injured in fatal crash

Created: 06/07/2014 7:00 PM
By: Wayne Perry, Associated Press

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - A truck driver has been charged in a fatal accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that left comedian Tracy Morgan hospitalized in critical condition and seriously injured two other people.

Authorities say the man's tractor-trailer rammed into Morgan's limousine bus Saturday as he and a group traveled home from a standup comedy show in Delaware.

Prosecutors say truck driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Comedian James McNair, who performed as Jimmy Mack, was killed in the crash. McNair was described as a mentor to the 45-year-old Morgan - the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" cast member.

Morgan's spokesman said Morgan was receiving "excellent" hospital care.

Associated Press writers Bob Lentz and Josh Cornfield in Philadelphia, Bruce Shipkowski in Trenton and Julie Walker in New York contributed to this report.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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