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SNL Alum Tracy Morgan Shows Improvement After Middlesex County, N.J. Crash

"Today was a better day," said Morgan's publicist, Lewis Kay.

Tracy Morgan/Patch photo
Tracy Morgan/Patch photo
Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan showed improvement Thursday as he remained in stable, but critical condition five days after he was nearly killed in a Middlesex County, N.J. crash, his publicist said. 

"Today was a better day," said Morgan's publicist, Lewis Kay.

The Cranbury, N.J. crash on Saturday killed a Peekskill, N.Y. man, while two others - a 36-year-old man from SheltonCt. and a 43-year-old man from Jersey City - have remained in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center this week, said Zenaida Mendez, spokeswoman for the hospital.

Morgan's medical team at the New Brunswick hospital is "optimistic" since the former star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock suffered a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs, said Kay.

The actor-comedian had surgery earlier Sunday on his leg.

"Megan [Morgan's fiance] remains by his side and is relaying the countless good wishes and prayers that his family, friends and fans have been sending their way," Kay said.

Morgan's limo bus overturned in a Saturday morning collision on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, N.J. that killed James McNair, 63, a passenger. The remaining passenger was treated at the hospital and was released.

Kevin Roper, 35, of JonesboroGa., has pleaded not guilty to one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed into the van at 1 a.m. Saturday.

Roper surrendered at the New Jersey State Police Cranbury Station at 7 p.m. Sunday and was lodged in the Middlesex County Jail in North Brunswick Saturday. He was released after posting $50,000 bail.

Walmart released a statement to the media saying the department-store chain is "profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved" and that the company will cooperate fully with law enforcement.

“The facts are continuing to unfold. If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility," according to a statement reported on Business Insider.

A preliminary investigation determined that the tractor-trailer crashed into the van, a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter, as both vehicles traveled in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike. Four other vehicles were involved in the crash. None of the occupants of those vehicles was injured, according to the prosecutor's office. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Jersey State Police Detective Bureau at the Troop D Station in Cranbury at 609-860-9000, extension 4400.

Various reports from ABC News and elsewhere provided new details on the crash, noting that Morgan allegedly screamed for help after his limo bus overturned.

Lucretia B June 13, 2014 at 04:06 PM
He's a human being and Im happy they saved his life; however, I don't feel he has lived a life without some questionable behavior. I feel he is getting more attention than he deserves.
McCorry June 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM
Tracy Morgan is a lot better known since the accident. He got all kinds of PR and any of the elite will tell you there is no such thing as bad PR.
Brian N June 14, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Thanks Jill Carson, you sound like a VERY pleasant individual! Enjoy your weekend!
Carol June 15, 2014 at 01:20 PM
Please stop the bickering about each other. These comments are supposed to be about the article, not each other.

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