Actor Tracy Morgan critical but 'more responsive' after crash

Sun Jun 8, 2014 5:58pm EDT
 
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By Bruce Konviser

NEW BRUNSWICK N.J. (Reuters) - Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was still in critical condition but more responsive on Sunday after suffering injuries including a broken leg and nose and several broken ribs in a deadly New Jersey highway crash, his spokesman said.

Morgan, best known for his roles in "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live" television shows, and two other people traveling with him in a limo bus were injured in the crash with a truck that also killed comedian James McNair on Saturday.

"While Tracy remains in critical condition, he has been more responsive today, which is an incredibly encouraging sign," his spokesman, Lewis Kay, said in a statement. "We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks. His family is tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans."

Kay said Morgan, 45, had suffered several injuries, including a broken leg, femur and nose and several broken ribs and that he had surgery on his leg.

McNair, 62, known by his stage name Jimmy Mack, of Peekskill, New York, died at the scene, according to New Jersey State Police.

The comics were returning from a performance in Delaware around 1 a.m. on Saturday when a transport truck slammed into the back of their chauffeured Mercedes limo bus near Cranbury Township, New Jersey, flipping it over.

The impact caused a chain reaction crash involving another truck, a sport utility vehicle and two other cars, said New Jersey State Police spokesman Gregory Williams.

"The Peterbilt tractor-trailer was traveling northbound on the turnpike, in the center lane, when the driver failed to recognize traffic was slowing," he said.   Continued...

 
Writer and executive producer Tracy Morgan participates in the panel for the comedy special "Tracy Morgan: Black and Blue" during the HBO summer Television Critics Association press tour in Beverly Hills, California August 7, 2010. REUTERS/Phil McCarten