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Tracy Morgan Condition Upgraded to Fair


Tracy Morgan is continuing to show signs of improvement after a fatal collision with a tractor trailer earlier this month. According to his publicist, Lewis Kay, Morgan remains hospitalized but his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair.

“Happy to pass along that Tracy has been upgraded to fair condition, which is a great improvement. His personality is certainly starting to come back as well.”

Tracy, 45, was on his way home from comedy show at Delaware’s Dover Downs Casino when his Mercedes limo bus was hit by a Walmart tractor-trailer with Kevin Roper behind the wheel. The bus overturned on the New Jersey Turnpike, just outside Cranbury.

Morgan sustained broken ribs and a broken leg. Comedy writer James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack, was killed. Comedians Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton were among those injured.

Prosecutors in the Garden State have charged Roper, 35, with vehicular homicide and four counts of assault by auto this week. In the criminal complaint, police accuse Roper of having been awake and behind the wheel for more than 24 hours at the time of the crash. He failed to notice traffic slowing in front of him and hit Morgan’s bus after trying to swerve out of the way, according to authorities.

The long-haul trucker argues that allegations he caused the accident after failing to getting sufficient rest in the days leading up to the crash are “BS.” He’s entered a not guilty plea and remains free on $50,000 bail.


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