Comedian Tracy Morgan is fighting for his life after being critically injured in a serious, multi-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike, state police said Saturday.
Morgan spent Friday evening performing his stand-up routine at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Dover, Delaware. He was presumably on his way back home to Bergen County, New Jersey when his tour bus became one of six vehicles impacted when the driver of a tractor-trailer came upon slow-moving traffic in the northbound lanes at Exit 7A, outside the state capitol of Trenton.
The accident killed James McNair, of Peekskill, New York, a passenger on Morgan’s bus. Three other passengers, including Tracy, are in critical condition and one is in fair condition. Two other occupants escaped without injury.
Morgan is being treated at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, as confirmed by his rep Lewis Kay.
“Tracy remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. He sustained these injuries in an accident that occurred early this morning as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware. His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care. We don’t anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available.”
A native of the gritty streets of Brooklyn, Tracy became a force in the world of comedy in the 1990s, landing career-making roles on Martin (Anyone remember Hustle Man?) and Saturday Night Live. The star is perhaps best known for his role on the now-defunct NBC comedy 30 Rock.
Morgan underwent a kidney transplant in 2010. Morgan and fiancee Megan Wolover welcomed a daughter in July 2013.