Comedian injured in fatal crash; trucker charged


NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) — Comedian Tracy Morgan remains hospitalized as authorities continue their investigation of a six-vehicle crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that took the life of a Morgan friend and left two others seriously injured.

A spokesman for Morgan says the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" cast member was getting "excellent care" at a hospital after a tractor-trailer rammed into his chauffeured limousine bus, carrying seven people. The group was returning home from a comedy show in Delaware.

A truck driver was charged with death by auto in the Saturday crash that killed comedian James McNair, described as a mentor to Morgan.

Prosecutors say 35-year-old Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, also faces four counts of assault by auto. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.


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

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