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By: AP Email
By: AP Email

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- A truck driver from Georgia has been charged with death by auto in connection with a crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that killed one man and injured four others, including actor and comedian Tracy Morgan.

Middlesex County prosecutors say 35-year-old Kevin Roper of Jonesboro also faces four counts of assault by auto stemming from the crash, which occurred around 1 a.m. Saturday. His bail was set at $50,000.

Roper's tractor-trailer allegedly rammed into a chauffeured limousine bus that Morgan was riding in. That set off a chain-reaction crash that left one member of his entourage dead and two others seriously hurt.

Morgan and the two others remained hospitalized in critical condition Saturday night.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- A publicist for comedian-actor Tracy Morgan says the "30 Rock" star remains in critical condition after a fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Spokesman Lewis Kay tells The Associated Press that Morgan's family doesn't expect much change in his condition Saturday.

Kay says Morgan "is receiving excellent care" at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, not far from the crash site.

A limousine bus carrying the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and six other people overturned at about 1 a.m. after Morgan performed standup at a show in Delaware. One passenger died. Three others, including Morgan, were critically injured.

Kay declined to comment further on the accident or identify any of the passengers.
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NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was in intensive care Saturday after the limousine bus he was riding in was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, state police said.

The vehicle carrying the former "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock" cast member and six others was involved in a six-vehicle accident on the turnpike near Cranbury Township at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. First Class Greg Williams told The Associated Press.

Williams said one person died in the crash that occurred in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near mile marker 71.5.

A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, says a patient named Tracy Morgan is in critical condition there.

There was no immediate word on other injuries from the accident.

Williams says two tractor-trailers, a sports utility vehicle and two cars, along with Morgan's limo bus, were involved in the accident. There is no immediate word on the cause of the pileup.

The 45-year-old Bronx native joined "Saturday Night Live" in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy program for seven years before leaving to star in "The Tracy Morgan Show" in 2003. That show lasted just one season. In 2006, Morgan found a long-running role in NBC's hit show "30 Rock," which was created by SNL co-star Tina Fey.

The New Jersey Turnpike was closed for more than five hours after the crash and was reopened at about 6:30 a.m.


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