Just days after a multi-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left actor and comedian Tracy Morgan seriously injured, Morgan’s spokesman, Lewis Kay, confirmed he was more responsive after having surgery on his broken leg. According to Kay, Morgan is expected to remain in the hospital for several weeks.

Morgan is reported to have suffered a broken nose, broken femur and several broken ribs as a result of the wreck which occurred about 1 a.m. on June 7 when the limo bus Morgan was in was hit by a tractor-trailer. Authorities say the truck driver had failed to slow for traffic ahead then swerved to avoid a crash.

According to FoxNews, Morgan, 45, was returning from a standup performance at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware when the crash occurred. The collision killed comedian James McNair, who performed under the name “Jimmy Mack.”

In addition, comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were among the injured, including Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea.

Walmart truck driver, Kevin Roper, 35, has been charged with death by auto including four counts of assault by auto in New Jersey. Roper, who turned himself in to the police has been released on a $50,000 bail and faces a court hearing June 11.

According to the criminal complaint report, Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours before the incident.

Morgan, a former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” cast member has already canceled his “Turn it Funny” comedy tour, including his June 19 show in D.C at Warner Theatre. The D.C. Warner Theatre confirmed in a tweet that, “due to unforeseen circumstances, our Tracy Morgan show schedules for 6/19 has been canceled. Refunds available at point of purchase.”

FoxNews reported that Wal-Mart President Bill Simon said the Bentonville, Ark.-based company “will take full responsibility” if authorities determine its truck caused the accident.


Maria Adebola

Special to the AFRO