Transcript for Tracy Morgan in Critical Condition After Deadly Highway Accident
We begin with comedian Tracy Morgan in critical condition tonight at a New Jersey hospital. He was injured in a multi-vehicle accident on a new Jersey turnpike. This is what is left of the limousine he was riding in. Millions of Americans know him from his years on 30 rock, playing a larger than life version of himself, a part Tina fey wrote especially for him. Morgan was on his way back to New York from a performance in Delaware when the accident happened. He's in intense tif care at this hour and ABC's gio Benitez reports from the hospital tonight. Reporter: The middle of the night crash sent shockwaves through the entertainment world. I'm scared, but I'm also excited! Reporter: 45-year-old comedian Tracy Morgan, best known for that starring role on 30 rock, now in critical condition with head injuries. He and six others riding in a Mercedes sprinter limo bus that ended up in a six-car pileup, killing one of Morgan's friends, comedy writer James McNair. Tonight ABC news learning a truck may have caused the accident and rear-ended Morgan's limo. Police sources say the truck driver may have dosed off and failed to see the slow-moving traffic ahead. The truck swerved to avoid the limo bus but ended up slamming into it. Morgan's limo then lost control, spinning into two other vehicles before landing onto its left side. The truck driver identified as Kevin roper from Georgia. He's charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. The toll on the nation's highways have been steep. More than 750 die and 20,000 injured each year at the hand of fatigued commercial truck drivers. In this instagram, we see the inside of that limo just minutes before the accident. He had been with Morgan for a stand-up comedy routine that had earned Morgan a standing ovation. The caption in the photo tragically Reading, the road life is a good life. What is research? Reporter: Morgan has enjoyed a long career in comedy. For years he was a part of the cast of "Saturday night live," and his return to stand-up comedy featured in this interview with Barbara Walters just last year. When I'm on stage I like to let people know where I come from. Reporter: And here at the hospital Morgan's rep says doctors do not expect any change in his condition tonight but that his family is here and he
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