Tracy Morgan: 'I Can't Believe Walmart Is Blaming Me' for Crash Injuries

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Tracy Morgan is speaking out after Walmart faulted the comedian for not wearing his seat belt in connection with injuries he sustained in June from a six-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike.

"After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out," Morgan said in a statement. "I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back."

On Monday, the retailer faulted Morgan and the rest of his injured entourage in New Jersey Federal court filings, saying they did not wear their seat belts. The company responded today with a statement of its own.

"As part of the ordinary course of legal proceedings, Walmart filed an initial response yesterday to the lawsuit that included facts and defenses that may impact the case moving forward," the statement reads. "While we were required to respond to the lawsuit, we have also taken steps to encourage settlement discussions. Our thoughts continue to go out to everyone involved, and we remain committed to doing what's right."

Morgan, 45, and others are suing Walmart after one of its trucks slammed into the " 30 Rock" star's limo bus, sending him to the hospital and killing a fellow passenger, James McNair.

Walmart denied allegations of recklessness and negligence and claimed the injuries happened in part "by failure to wear an appropriate available seat belt restraint device."

The company added that if the passengers had been wearing safety restraints, "all or a portion of the injuries could have been diminished or minimized."

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The retail giant did not respond to the plaintiffs' claims that Walmart driver Kevin Roper, who hit Morgan's limo bus, had driven hundreds of miles during his shift and was fatigued, because it's a party to the National Transportation Safety Board investigation.

Walmart did say "the plaintiffs' alleged damages may have been caused by third parties over whom Walmart had no control."

A Walmart spokesperson said, "Walmart filed its official response to the plaintiffs' lawsuit earlier [Monday], and the company continues to stand willing to work with Mr. Morgan and the other plaintiffs to resolve this matter."

The lawsuit from Morgan and others claims that Walmart should have known Roper had been driving for more than a full day before the crash.

After the crash, Roper was charged with causing the accident and police had said they believed he was dozing and didn't see traffic slowing in front of his 18-wheeler until it was too late.

"[The] driver failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead," New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said in June after Roper was charged. "He observed at the last minute - just prior to impact - the limo bus carrying Morgan and his party."