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Tracy Morgan critically hurt in fatal 6-car pileup

Posted 11:01am on Saturday, Jun. 07, 2014

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured in a fatal six-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike on Saturday, hours after performing a standup routine at a show in Delaware, authorities said.

A limousine bus carrying the former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock cast member and six others overturned near Cranbury Township about 1 a.m., Sgt. 1st Class Greg Williams told The Associated Press.

James McNair, of Peekskill, N.Y., a passenger in the limo bus, died in the crash, Williams said. Three other men, including Morgan, were in critical condition, and one was in fair condition, he said. Two occupants weren’t injured.

Williams declined to release details of the accident, including what may have caused the pileup involving two tractor-trailers, an SUV, two cars and Morgan’s limo bus.

Morgan is in intensive care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick. Reporters gathering at the hospital were asked to wait across on the street until information could be released.

Morgan performed comedy standup Friday night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware. His scheduled appearance at the Fillmore Charlotte in North Carolina on Saturday night has been canceled. He was scheduled to perform June 27 at House of Blues Dallas. The status of that show is not yet known.

The 45-year-old New York City native joined SNL in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy program for seven years before leaving to star in “The Tracy Morgan Show” in 2003. That show lasted just one season. In 2006, Morgan found a long-running role on NBC’s hit show 30 Rock, which was created by SNL co-star Tina Fey. He received an Emmy nomination for best supporting actor for 30 Rock in 2009.

Morgan grew up fatherless, one of five siblings, in a blighted section of Brooklyn, where he helped raise and support the family.

He once called his gift for being funny “a defense mechanism” for his miserable circumstances. As a teen, he started doing comedy on the streets to supplement the family’s welfare income.

In recent years, he has struggled with alcoholism and been arrested on drunken driving charges. He had a successful kidney transplant in late 2010.

The New Jersey Turnpike was closed for more than five hours after the crash.

Associated Press writer Bob Lentz in Philadelphia contributed to this report.

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