Tracy Morgan Car Crash: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Tracy Morgan Car Crash, Tracy Morgan Car Accident, Tracy Morgan Critical Condition


Tracy Morgan has been involved in a fatal car crash. Read on for the facts and photos from the crash.

1. Morgan Is Presently In Critical Condition

Morgan is presently in intensive care after the horrific crash. You can view a television news report on the crash in the above video coverage. NBC10 reports that:

The 45-year-old former Saturday Night Live star was traveling in a limo bus that overturned around 1 a.m. Saturday morning of Exit 7A of the Turnpike in Cranbury, N.J.

Sources have stated that Morgan is currently receiving treatment at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J. Morgan’s rep released a statement saying:

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.

2. It Was a Six-Vehicle Accident

According to both TMZ and NBC10:

State police say a preliminary investigation has found that a tractor trailer came up upon slow moving traffic and caused the crash. Six vehicles — two tractor trailers, an SUV and two cars — all were involved, state police said.

3. Comedian James McNair Was Killed

While Morgan is in critical condition, one of the passengers on his limo bus, comedian James McNair, was sadly killed. The Huffington Post writes:

McNair, best known as “Jimmy Mack” to the comic community and churchgoers, was killed in the accident. Authorities told the AP that the 63-year-old comic of Peekskill, N.Y. was pronounced dead at the scene. McNair was named as one of Morgan’s comedy writers and close friends.

As far as the other passengers:

The bus was carrying six passengers in all. One passenger on the bus has died, state police say. Three were critically hurt and one is in fair condition, hospital officials say.

4. Morgan’s Limo Was Rear-Ended By a Tractor-Trailer

5. Police Do Not Believe Alcohol Was a Factor in the Crash

The turnpike was closed for over five hours to investigate the scene and police do not believe that alcohol was a factor in the accident. Around 6:30 a.m., the turnpike was re-opened.

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Rick Blatter

I too am angry and saddened that yet another person has died on the highways of New Jersey.

Neither tightening nor relaxing over-regulation will solve the problem of non-compliance.

Part of the problem may be totally illogical over-regulation. Some rules actually PENALISE and DISCOURAGE tired drivers from stopping to take a safety nap (of one, two, three or more hours) if tired. Why would anyone make such an unsafe rule? Every Rest Area gives lip service to “SAFETY BREAKS”, yet DOT rules actually discourage this in practice!?

Todd Spencer, executive vice president of the Missouri-based Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, which represents 150,000 members across the country sums up the problem this way:

“The (new) rules took away all the flexibility around planning for breaks and avoiding traffic congestion.”

“When your work day starts, it ends 14 hours later, no matter what you did in that time,” said Spencer. “So say after four or five hours, (a driver) gets into a congested urban area and thinks it would make sense to take a nap and take a break and wait for the traffic to go away. Your 14 hours doesn’t stop, putting you at risk of not making your destination before you run out of time. It’s nutty.”

If a driver feels tired, yet he or she can’t afford to lose the SAFETY BREAK/ nap time or they will run out of hours… they tend to press on.

Why would anyone make such a dangerous rule? Why would lawmakers DISCOURAGE (for all intents and purposes) tired drivers from taking a nap/ safety break?

Margaret Jelcich, of Maplewood, recently sent a NJ paper an opinion  letter stating that  “due to the bullies behind the wheels of tractor-trailers (“Morgan has surgery and remains ‘critical,’ ” June 9).”

My deepest condolences to all the victims.

I am a Trucker (amongst other things)… though many people cringe when I say this.

In the 20 or so years that I have been driving Big Trucks, I have been tailgated, cut off and a witness to reckless driving by automobile drivers on our highways. It is especially dangerous during rush hour traffic when four wheelers race to wherever they are going. The bigger the city, and the more dense the traffic, the more dangerous, reckless and uncourteous car drivers get.

My biggest pet peeve is four wheelers (cars) that speed by me in the left lane, then slam on their brakes and cut in front of me in the middle or right lane… still braking. Why pass a Big Truck then slam on your brakes in front of it? Do they want a new car? Do they realize it takes me 10 times the distance to stop compared to their car? And they wonder when they get rear ended.  This maneuver is illegal and will get them a fine if it does not get them killed.

Another pet peeve and SUICIDAL maneuver is when cars zoom by in the left lane of a three or more lane highway,  then slam on their brakes and cut across THREE or more lanes to exit on the right at the last possible moment. This is an illegal and highly dangerous (suicidal) maneuver.

This reader goes on to say: “They play chicken, drive on the tail of your car to the point all you can see is the grill of the cab. They will box you in — front, back and sides — so that you can’t escape them. They drive in the left hand lane, and speed.” These are all things I see cars do too. There are some  bad truck drivers, but  many many more bad car drivers.

When not driving a Big Truck, I drive a tiny Hyundai Accent. Since I know what damage Big Trucks can do either because of a “bully” or nut behind the wheel, and/or because of BLIND SPOTS, especially along the right side of Big Trucks, I give Big Trucks space/ room. (Which is the law… and SAFE). I try to stay away from them! And so should you.

Unsafe car drivers like to hang out  around the sides of Big Trucks. Not only do they risk being “cut off” because they are hanging out in the Big Truck’s blind spot, but if they ever saw a big rig tire blowout they would realize that should a tire on the truck blow (which they do often enough) and their window be open, they could be seriously injured by flying tire parts and even lose control of their car because of the surprise of the huge  blast. Tire changers for Big Trucks have been KILLED by the blast of a tire they were working on. Many safe garages now use cages to protect the tire technician when filling up truck tires… in case they blow.

Would you get too close to an elephant?  I am a truck driver, but when I drive my tiny car I try to stay away from Big Trucks and avoid hanging out in their blind spots. Some suicidal car drivers seem to like playing chicken with Big Trucks. My intelligent mother once said regarding crossing the road as a pedestrian: “You might legally have the right of way over the car, but you will be the one that is dead (if the car “illegally” hits you).”

When driving my tiny car I use this philosophy with Big Trucks and car drivers suffering from road rage. I try to stay out of their way.

This reader goes on to say, “I often see auto drivers pulled over, but never a truck.” If she only knew! Not only do I see Big Trucks pulled over very often by the police because any truck fine is $500, so there is more revenue from truck fines than car fines, but Big Trucks also have special police (the DOT) giving them MORE FINES and checking them at WEIGH STATIONS.

Ms. Jelcich believes that trucks have an “influential lobby” that protects them from obeying the law. Nothing is further from the truth. Trucking is over-regulated and everyone except kids seems to hate Big Trucks and Truckers…. despite the fact that EVERYTHING WE HAVE/USE/EAT comes by truck. No trucks and you have NOTHING,  including no gas (nor parts) for your car.

This accident is very sad and unfortunate.  My condolences to all. If the trucker was at fault his life is over. He will go to jail and have nightmares for the rest of his life.

In closing, statistics show that the VAST MAJORITY of truck vs car accidents are caused by the car.

I apologize to Ms.Jelcich (and all other car drivers) on behalf of all professional,  decent, courteous Truck Drivers for her (their) bad experiences with some bad apples.

This has got to stop and the police must enforce our laws for everyone.

Rick Blatter, B.Ed., M.Sc.

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