Tracy Morgan Remains In Critical But Stable Condition; Rumors About Leg Amputation ‘Completely Fabricated’
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J., (CBS) — Tracy Morgan remains hospitalized following a six-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike Saturday morning (See Previous Story).
Morgan’s publicist, Lewis Kay, issued the following statement on Monday:
“Tracy remains in critical but stable condition. His fiancée Megan is by his side. The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating (mostly inaccurately) on his condition. Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated. As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg. We are working closely with the incredible staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to share information when it is available. This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time. Thank you.”
According to New Jersey State Police, the accident happened around 1 a.m. Saturday in the northbound lanes of the Turnpike at mile post 7A near Cranbury Township, New Jersey.
Police say it appears that accident happened when a limousine carrying Morgan and six other people was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer, then overturned.
Police say the driver of the truck, 35-year-old Kevin Roper from Georgia, was charged Saturday evening with causing the accident.
Police confirmed one person died and four others were injured, including Morgan, in the pile-up. Only the people inside Morgan’s limo were hurt.
The 45-year-old Morgan, along with 37-year-old Jeffery Millea, were airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey where they are being treated in the Intensive Care Unit.
State police identified the person who was killed in the crash as James McNair, 63, of Peekskill, New York. He was also a comedian.
A fourth man, Ardie Fuqua Jr., is also in critical condition. Two other people were inside the limo during the accident, but they were uninjured.
Morgan, a former ‘Saturday Night Live’ and ’30 Rock’ star, was returning from a show at The Rollins Center at Dover Downs in Delaware at the time of the accident.