UPDATED--June 7 @ 5:30 PM
The truck driver who allegedly caused the accident has been charged on Saturday, June 7.
Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Col. Joseph R. Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, announced Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, G.A., was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.
Bail was set at $50,000 for the tractor-trailer driver, who is expected to surrender.
The police report also stated James McNair, 62, of Peekskill, N.Y., was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:53 a.m. while the four other passengers, including Morgan, were airlifted to the hospital.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
ORIGNALLY PUBLISHED--June 7 @ 3:45 PM*
Tracy Morgan is in critical condition following a six-vehicle car accident that happened early Saturday morning.
The incident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike, near Exit 7A, around 1 a.m. According to reports, the cause of the accident was from a dozing truck driver who didn't see traffic slowing down and accidentally hit into Morgan's limo bus, causing it to overturn.
"NJSP says the driver of the tractor-trailer failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead," New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams said. "At the last minute, he swerved to try and avoid the Mercedes limo bus but struck it from behind, forcing the limo to rotate and overturn."
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The accident also involved two tractor-trailers, two cars and one SUV. One person identified as James McNair, a comedy writer for Morgan, was sadly killed and seven others have been hospitalized with injuries.
Three people are currently in critical condition – the 30 Rock actor being one of them – and another is in fair condition. All are being treated at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center in New Brunswick, N.J.
"His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care," Morgan's publicist says in a statement.
The 45-year-old actor was last performing at the Dover Downs Hotel and Casino in Delaware on Friday night, hours before the incident occurred.
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