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Tracy Morgan hosts Saturday Night Live after deadly Walmart truck crash

Tracy Morgan, the actor-comedian best known for his role in the hit satirical sitcom 30 Rock, hosted Saturday Night Live Oct. 18, his first significant performance since the tragic Walmart truck crash that nearly took his life last year. Mr. Morgan, who is a former SNL cast member himself, began the show with a monologue about his return to television and comedy, as well as giving thanks to all of his friends, family and fans that helped make his recovery possible. During his intro sketch, Mr. Morgan even exclaimed that he was “back and better than ever.” In June 2014, Mr. Morgan ... Read More

NTSB: Truck Driver Fatigue, Speeding Caused Tracy Morgan Crash

A Walmart truck driver who caused a deadly crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan was fatigued and speeding, federal investigators concluded Tuesday. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), driver Kevin Roper, 35, was traveling 65 mph in a 45 mph zone when he plowed into the back of Mr. Morgan’s limo van. The collision killed Mr. Morgan’s friend and fellow comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair of Peekskill, N.Y., and injured several others. Mr. Morgan, former star of Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, suffered multiple broken bones and a traumatic brain injury.  ... Read More

Tracy Morgan, Walmart settle truck crash lawsuit

Actor-Comedian Tracy Morgan has reached a settlement with Walmart after one of the retail giant’s tractor trailers plowed into the back of his vehicle at full speed last year, leaving him critically injured and his longtime friend dead. Mr. Morgan’s lawyers have not disclosed the terms of the settlement, but Mr. Morgan praised it in a statement, saying “Wal-Mart did right by me and my family, and for my associates and their families. I am grateful that the case was resolved amicably.” The crash occurred on June 7, 2014, while Mr. Morgan and his assistant Jeffrey Millea, his wife Krista ... Read More

Walmart truck crash left Tracy Morgan with traumatic brain injury

Actor-Comedian Tracy Morgan sustained a severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) when a Walmart truck crashed into the back of his limousine van in New Jersey June 7, his lawyer told NJ.com. The crash that critically injured Mr. Morgan and his other companions and killed his friend James McNair has generated much publicity, including speculation as to whether Mr. Morgan, who starred on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, among other shows, would ever return to his busy career in acting and stand-up after the debilitating crash. Previously it had been reported that Mr. Morgan’s critical injuries included a broken nose, ... Read More

Walmart truck driver asks court to delay Tracy Morgan’s personal injury lawsuit

The driver of a Walmart truck that slammed into the back of a limousine, critically injuring actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and killing his friend James McNair a.k.a. “Jimmy Mack,” has filed a motion in federal court seeking to delay Mr. Morgan’s personal injury lawsuit. Kevin Roper, the Walmart driver blamed for causing the June 7 chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, faces several criminal charges in connection with the crash in state court. He has asked the federal court to put Mr. Morgan’s lawsuit on hold pending the outcome of the criminal case, which includes one count of death by ... Read More

Walmart blames Tracy Morgan’s crash injuries on his failure to use a seatbelt

In response to comedian Tracy Morgan’s lawsuit against Walmart blaming it for the six-vehicle crash that left him and others critically injured and one man dead, the retail giant said Monday that Mr. Morgan and the others failed to use their seatbelts properly. According to court documents filed in a New Jersey federal court, Mr. Morgan’s injuries “were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device.” Mr. Morgan, still recovering from the June 7 crash, was traveling from Delaware to New York in a limousine van with his assistant Jeffrey ... Read More

Tracy Morgan sues Walmart over crash injuries

Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit against Walmart seeking a jury trial and damages for injuries stemming from a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last month that left him critically injured. Mr. Morgan was riding back to New York in a limousine van after performing in Delaware when a tractor trailer owned and operated by the retail giant slammed his vehicle from behind. Mr. Morgan was one of three passengers critically injured in the June 7 crash in Cranbury Township, N.J. His friend and mentor James McNair, who performed under the name “Jimmy Mack,” died at the scene. ... Read More

Walmart driver that struck Tracy Morgan’s van was speeding, NTSB finds

The Walmart truck driver who crashed into the back of comedian Tracy Morgan’s limo van was speeding 20 mph over the limit and was near the maximum daily driving limit set by federal hours-of-service rules when the crash occurred, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a preliminary report. NTSB investigators are also looking into whether driver Kevin Roper, 45, had been awake for more than 24 hours as a criminal complaint filed by New Jersey police stated. The crash occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in the early morning hours of June 7 as Mr. Morgan, his assistant, ... Read More

Tractor Trailer collision in Opelika leaves two drivers in critical condition

OPELIKA, Ala. – Opelika Police Department investigators are working to determine the cause of a crash that left two commercial truck drivers critically injured on U.S. Highway 280 Friday morning. A preliminary investigation determined that one tractor trailer has stopped at a red light in the eastbound lane of Highway 280 when another tractor trailer slammed into the back of it. Images of the crash scene show one truck belonging to Big M Transportation standing upright with a smashed-in cab while another 18-wheeler lies on its side amid heaps of tangled metal. The drivers of both trucks were airlifted to ... Read More

Tracy Morgan crash reignites efforts to preserve truck safety Hours-of-Service rules

The deadly crash involving a Walmart tractor trailer and several other vehicles that injured actor/comedian Tracy Morgan and others has triggered a backlash against Congressional efforts to relax Hours-of-Service rules mandating how many hours per day commercial truck drivers can work. Just two days before Saturday’s crash on the New Jersey turnpike, a Senate committee voted to suspend tougher hours-of-service regulations passed just last year. The tightened regulations were part of an effort to reverse a trend of escalating commercial truck crashes and fatalities that began in 2009, most of which are linked to driver fatigue. Opposition to the suspension ... Read More