"30 Rock" Star Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition After NJ Car Crash
(CRANBURY, NJ) -- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was injured in a car crash on the N.J. Turnpike early Saturday morning, a State Police spokesperson told ABC News.
A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital said Morgan, who starred in NBC's 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, is listed in critical condition.
One person, identified by New Jersey State Police as James McNair, 63, was killed in the crash. Three others, including Morgan's assistant Jeff Millea and comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were injured in the crash, police said. McNair was a comedy writer for Morgan and the two were longtime friends. Millea is also listed in critical condition, said an official briefed on the investigation. There were seven people on the bus at the time of the collision.
Lewis Kay, a representative for Morgan, released a statement on Saturday morning, saying that the comedian "remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. He sustained these injuries in an accident that occurred early this morning as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware. His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care."
Morgan's representatives do not expect "much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available."
The six-vehicle crash happened in the northbound lanes at mile marker 71.5 near New Brunswick about 1 a.m., according to N.J. State Police. The crash was essentially a chain reaction that began when the driver of a tractor trailer "failed to observe slow-moving traffic" ahead of him. The driver tried to swerve away from the vehicle containing Morgan and others at the last moment, but failed.
Police believe a truck rear ended a limousine-style bus that Morgan was riding in, causing the crash, an official briefed on the investigation told ABC News. Authorities are looking into the possibility that the driver of the truck may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
A third person injured is also in critical condition. The fourth person injured is in fair condition. All of those injured were on board the bus, the New Jersey State Police said.
Morgan performed in Dover, Del., Friday night. He had another show scheduled for Saturday night in Charlotte, N.C., which has been cancelled.
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