Tracy Morgan Is In Critical Condition After Fatal Multicar Accident on New Jersey Turnpike

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June 7 2014 12:06 PM

Tracy Morgan Is In Critical Condition After Fatal Multicar Accident on New Jersey Turnpike

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Tracy Morgan speaks onstage at Spike TV's Don Rickles: One Night Only on May 6, 2014 in New York City

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Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was in intensive care Saturday after his limo bus overturned during a multi-vehicle car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early in the morning. The 45-year-old Morgan was returning from a comedy show in Delaware when a limo bus carrying the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock cast member and six others overturned at around 1 a.m. after it was hit by a tractor-trailer. One passenger on the limo bus was killed in the accident that involved two tractor-trailers, an SUV, and two other vehicles, according to Reuters. Two other limo bus passengers were in critical condition Saturday.

Although the circumstances of the crash are still unclear, state police have said a preliminary investigation shows a tractor-trailer crashed into the limo bus and other vehicles, reports NBC. Another comedian, Ardie Fuqua, who opened for Morgan, was on the bus last night. But it’s unclear whether he was injured, notes TMZ.

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Morgan’s representative released a statement Saturday, noting updates on his condition are unlikely in the near future (via the Hollywood Reporter):

"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."

Morgan was on the road for his Turn it Funny stand-up comedy tour. He was scheduled to appear in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday.

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the "Today's Papers" column from 2006 to 2009. You can follow him on Twitter @dpoliti.

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