News

Comic Tracy Morgan on the mend, publicist says

Comic Tracy Morgan on the mend, publicist says

TRACY MORGAN:The pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike early on Saturday killed comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair and injured Morgan and three others in their limousine van. Photo: Reuters

By Ellen Wulfhorst

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Comedian Tracy Morgan, badly injured in a weekend highway crash, is showing signs of improvement in a New Jersey hospital where he remains in critical condition, his publicist said on Thursday.

The pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike early on Saturday killed comedian James “Jimmy Mack” McNair and injured Morgan and three others in their limousine van.

Morgan, 45, best known for roles on “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live,” suffered injuries including a broken leg, nose and ribs and was hospitalized at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

“Today was a better day. While Tracy remains in critical, but stable, condition, he continues to show signs of improvement,” publicist Lewis Kay said in a statement.

“His medical team remains optimistic that his recovery is progressing,” Kay said.

Morgan’s fiancé, Megan Wollover, is with him, Kay said.

A Georgia truck driver pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to charges of vehicular manslaughter and assault by auto in connection with the six-vehicle chain-reaction crash.

Kevin Roper, 35, a delivery driver for Walmart Stores Inc, is accused of failing to see traffic slowing in front of him and slamming into the back of the limo van carrying Morgan and several of his associates.

Roper had not slept in more than 24 hours when he triggered the fatal crash, according to prosecutors.

Walmart has promised to cooperate in the state and federal investigation into the crash and said its drivers were among the safest on the road.

Roper remains free on $50,000 bail.

(Editing by Peter Cooney)

Recent Headlines

1 day ago in National

Making headlines this week

kansasweatherAP

A look back at some of the biggest newsmakers this week and the headlines you may have missed.

2 days ago in National

Teen pregnancies hit historic low

sexed296416402183

The annual survey shows the continuation of a downward trend that began in 2006 and continued through 2014, the latest year of complete data, when nearly 250,000 babies were born to girls and women aged 15 to 19.

2 days ago in National

U.S. high court approves rule change to expand FBI hacking power

A lock icon, signifying an encrypted Internet connection, is seen on an Internet Explorer browser in a photo illustration in Paris in this April 15, 2014 file photo.

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved a rule change that would let U.S. judges issue search warrants for access to computers located in any jurisdiction despite opposition from civil liberties groups who say it will greatly expand the FBI's hacking authority.

2 days ago in National, World

Biden visits Iraq in show of support amid multiple crises

11-overlay-9

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi and other top officials in unannounced visits to Baghdad and Erbil on Thursday to show support for a government battling Islamic State amid political and economic crises.

2 days ago in National, World

No wall, but more high-tech gear, fencing sought by U.S. border agents

borderwallREUTERS

The modest scope of the requirements, details of which were contained in internal emails seen by Reuters and described by Border Patrol officials in interviews, contrasts sharply with calls by Republican presidential candidates for more drastic measures to secure the border.