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Tracy Morgan’s First Post-Crash Appearance


Comedian Tracy Morgan says he’s “OK” and in high spirits as he recovers from a fatal June collision that left him hospitalized with a broken femur.

Photographers caught up with the actor outside his home in New Jersey on Monday. Tracy looked like his pleasingly-plump self as he walked to a waiting vehicle, with the help of a walker and an assistant. As the flash of the cameras clicked away, Tracy flashed the peace sign and spoke briefly to photogs:

“I’m OK, I feel strong.”

Morgan was released from a physical rehabilitation center last week, a month after he was critically-injured in a six-vehicle accident — which authorities say was caused by a sleepy Walmart trucker speeding down the New Jersey Turnpike. The former Saturday Night Live funnyman will now undergo an “aggressive outpatient program” at his Northern New Jersey home.

Lawyers acting on Morgan’s behalf filed a lawsuit against the retail giant last week. Tracy’s complaint alleges that that Walmart knew, or should have known, its truck driver — Kevin Roper of Georgia — had been awake for 24 hours prior to rear-ending Morgan’s limo. A preliminary report conducted by the National Transportation Safety Board also states the truck was traveling 20 miles over the speed limit.

Morgan’s mentor, comedian James McNair, was killed in the accident. In June, Roper pleaded not guilty to one count of vehicular homicide in connection with McNair’s death. The trucker is also facing three count of assault-by-auto.


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