Actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition after 6-vehicle accident in New Jersey

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Actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition after 6-vehicle accident in New Jersey

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/07/showbiz/tracy-morgan-hospitalized/

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was in critical condition after a six-vehicle accident in New Jersey early Saturday, his publicist said.

Morgan's condition was not expected to change Saturday, publicist Lewis Kay said. "His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care."

The former "Saturday Night Live" cast member and "30 Rock" star was riding in a limo bus when the accident occurred in Mercer County, said Sgt. Gregory Williams of New Jersey State Police.

The limo bus overturned at the New Jersey Turnpike in Robbinsville, he said.
"The limo bus is the only vehicle that overturned," Williams said. "Looks like one of the tractor-trailers may have rear-ended that limo bus, but that's preliminary at this time."
 

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The friend he was with has past away.

Man that sucks hope he gets better
 

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The WalMart tractor trailer driver was arrested and is being held on $50,000 bond. Why??????


Some early reports indicated the tractor trailer driver was sleeping at the wheel, but New Jersey State Police say there is nothing to suggest he dozed off.

"There is nothing that indicates that," said New Jersey State Police Sgt. First Class Gregory Williams. "There is no documentation that agrees with that."
 
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jacques cousteau is my biological father!!!!
 

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The WalMart tractor trailer driver was arrested and is being held on $50,000 bond. Why??????

Someone died in an accident that was his fault. I think that's pretty much how it works especially when your driving a big rig
 

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The WalMart tractor trailer driver was arrested and is being held on $50,000 bond. Why??????
He killed a man and has no ties to NJ (is from Georgia)? That's only $5k in cash, right? I don't think that's horrible, but maybe that's just me?
 

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The WalMart tractor trailer driver was arrested and is being held on $50,000 bond. Why??????

I'm sure there are a couple layers to this story we are not having shared with us at this point.
 

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I'm sure there are a couple layers to this story we are not having shared with us at this point.

I'd bet you are correct. In Arizona, if you are a driver of a Commercial Motor Vehicle and are involved in an accident that results in a death or even another party being transported to the hospital, a drug test is required within so many hours (I think it's two hours). I'm guessing that that rule is a Federal regulation and not just a state of Arizona one. I suspect drugs or a falsified log book where the driver did not have the required rest and maybe he fell asleep or dozed off, but that's just my personal guess.

And apparently I'm wrong about the drugs or alcohol, maybe he just wasn't paying attention: According to an article on AZCentral: "The truck driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead and swerved at the last minute to avoid a crash, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office said."
 
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Living in NJ this whole story is a little hard to swallow.

Huge pile ups on the Turnpike is nothing new. It happens at least 5 to 10 times a year.

#1 I am not a fan that this is a huge news story because of Tracy Morgan. So many people have died on that Turnpike. If it is raining out, it is almost a sure thing that there is going to be an accident on that highway. Thus where is the outrage for the hundreds to thousands that have died on that highway before this celebrity found himself out there. Just sayin' it irks me. Of course, I also hope Mr. Morgan is OK. Its not his fault that people are clinging on to his misfortune. Maybe he helps bring awareness to the problem.....I dunno.

#2 To blame the truck driver and say he is at fault, is again, because Tracy Morgan was involved. The truck driver is being scapegoated. Again, living in NJ, these accidents happen all the time, and this is the first time I have ever heard about someone getting a fine, etc., etc. for the accident. That is very concerning.

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When I was managing a kennel in Windsor, NJ, I got a call from a regular customer whom had a tow truck business. He had a gentlemen who just watched his family in the car in front of him get in a multi-car pile up. He was following his wife and kids in the car, and had the two dogs. Thus why I was called to take in the two dogs, while the husband went to the hospital to where his family was being helped at.

Long story short, the tow truck guy shows up with the gentlemen and his two dogs, which I of course took off his hands without any need for credit cards, etc., etc. I just told the guy to give me his dogs, and go take care of his family. Guy was pretty much in shock and I don't blame him.

Never heard about anyone taking the blame and being fined there, and no, I never heard how the family turned out. Someone came and picked up the dogs a day or two later when I was not working.

It is also the reason I try to avoid the Turnpike. Something about that road, especially when it is wet causes serious accidents.
 
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Living in NJ this whole story is a little hard to swallow.

Huge pile ups on the Turnpike is nothing new. It happens at least 5 to 10 times a year.

#1 I am not a fan that this is a huge news story because of Tracy Morgan. So many people have died on that Turnpike. If it is raining out, it is almost a sure thing that there is going to be an accident on that highway. Thus where is the outrage for the hundreds to thousands that have died on that highway before this celebrity found himself out there. Just sayin' it irks me. Of course, I also hope Mr. Morgan is OK. Its not his fault that people are clinging on to his misfortune. Maybe he helps bring awareness to the problem.....I dunno.

#2 To blame the truck driver and say he is at fault, is again, because Tracy Morgan was involved. The truck driver is being scapegoated. Again, living in NJ, these accidents happen all the time, and this is the first time I have ever heard about someone getting a fine, etc., etc. for the accident. That is very concerning.
My thoughts, plus it involves WalMart.

Living in South Florida, with the constant rain showers turning I 95 into a skating rink, this is a daily occurrence. Not saying it hasn't happened, but I have never heard of anyone being immediately arrested on the scene with the same circumstances. Thought that is why they are called "accidents" .
 

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Are you serious. If you cause an accident and someone dies you pretty much get arrested and then there gonna find out what happened. You don't drive a big rig rear end someone kill somebody and oh that sucks well you have a good rest if your day sir. Yes Tracy Morgan got hurt but people are forgetting someone did lose a life.
 

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To set the record straight, in NJ it is against the law to "drive while tired" and it is treated the same as a DWI. If you've gone more than 24 hours without sleep, you're reaction times are compromised and you're no better than someone driving drunk. Believe me, I know of what I speak having worked in the delivery business and deprived myself of sleep on many occasions. There were times that I was so tired that I used to pull over on the Garden State Parkway just to put my head down for 15 minutes(cat nap). One night, and this is what woke me up(pardon the pun) to what I was doing to myself. I pulled onto the GSP and headed north as I did every day. I know I was drowsy when I approached the toll booth at New Gretna. I paid the toll and went through. The next thing I remember was approaching the Toms River toll. I remember nothing else of the 30 mile trip. In short, it's very dangerous and there have been many deaths related to tired driving. If you're a commercial truck driver, it's worse. It's not unlike a pilot flying an airplane without proper sleep. It's also against the CDL regulations hence the drivers arrest.
 

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To set the record straight, in NJ it is against the law to "drive while tired"

Good to know.

Guess that is why I never heard of this stuff before.

Good, seriously that is good to hear, cause it was really weird that this was such an ordeal for something that happens a lot, tragic no doubt, but common none the less.
 

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Are you serious. If you cause an accident and someone dies you pretty much get arrested and then there gonna find out what happened. You don't drive a big rig rear end someone kill somebody and oh that sucks well you have a good rest if your day sir. Yes Tracy Morgan got hurt but people are forgetting someone did lose a life.

I understand what you are saying.

But this happens A LOT. And a lot of people have died because of similar circumstance.

Just was the first time I heard about someone getting blamed and arrested for a pile up on the Turnpike out of the, approx. 20 to 30 times it happened when I lived in the area.

But NJCardFan was nice enough to educate us on the particulars. Makes sense now for this case.

But, just so it is clear Finito, what you wrote above, IS what happens most of the time. I have heard up to 16 cars in a single accident on the Turnpike. It was big news in the area, no one ever got arrested or blamed. It was just dubbed an accident.
 

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so is my buddy tracy doing ok?

Last report I heard was Harvey Levin on TMZ (yesterday). He reported Tracy was unconscious when pulled from the wreck. (Someone who was in the van told that to TMZ.) He said Tracy had multiple broken bones including ribs. Nothing was said about internal injuries. Levin said Tracy was going to be in the hospital for weeks. :(
 
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I understand what you are saying.

But this happens A LOT. And a lot of people have died because of similar circumstance.

Just was the first time I heard about someone getting blamed and arrested for a pile up on the Turnpike out of the, approx. 20 to 30 times it happened when I lived in the area.

But NJCardFan was nice enough to educate us on the particulars. Makes sense now for this case.

But, just so it is clear Finito, what you wrote above, IS what happens most of the time. I have heard up to 16 cars in a single accident on the Turnpike. It was big news in the area, no one ever got arrested or blamed. It was just dubbed an accident.


No it's not what happens just because you don't hear about it doesn't mean it doesn't happen. It's just not news. You don't drive a big rig cause an accident kill someone and go home. There are laws like that in every state for truck drivers dude
 

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Last report I heard was Harvey Levin on TMZ (yesterday). He reported Tracy was unconscious when pulled from the wreck. (Someone who was in the van told that to TMZ.) He said Tracy had multiple broken bones including ribs. Nothing was said about internal injuries. Levin said Tracy was going to be in the hospital for weeks. :(
sounds like he is alive and well though. lucky.

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#2 To blame the truck driver and say he is at fault, is again, because Tracy Morgan was involved. The truck driver is being scapegoated. Again, living in NJ, these accidents happen all the time, and this is the first time I have ever heard about someone getting a fine, etc., etc. for the accident. That is very concerning.

CDL drivers are held to a much, much higher standard.
 
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Tracy Morgan May Never Recover from 'Tramautic Brain Injury,' According to Lawyer

http://www.etonline.com/news/154118_tracy_morgan_suffered_a_traumatic_brain_injury/

Despite Tracy Morgan appearing in good spirits and on the road to a full recovery in a video of him shot in July just a month after his tragic June 7 car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, his lawyer reveals in a new interview that the comedian's serious injuries might actually be something he cannot ever fully recover from.

"When you have a traumatic brain injury, it takes a very long time to find out how you're going to do and how much you're going to recover," his lawyer, Benedict Morelli, tells the Associated Press. "You just don't know. He's still fighting and trying to live his life at the same time and trying to get better, and he's just not better. We're hoping and praying to get him back to where he was. But the jury's out."

Morelli heartbreakingly confirms that Morgan is currently not the "Tracy Morgan he once was."
 

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