Comedian injured in fatal crash; trucker charged

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Associated Press

Posted on June 8, 2014 at 2:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Jun 8 at 7:05 AM

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.

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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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