Tracy Morgan was transferred to a rehab facility after spending almost two weeks in a New Jersey hospital following a fatal crash that took the life of his friend and comedy writer James McNair. It was back on June 7th that the tour bus Morgan and McNair, as well as several others, were riding in was hit from behind while traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan sustained serious injuries and was listed in critical condition for more than a week. Morgan's publicist didn't disclose the name of the rehab facility or where it is located, however he made a statement regarding the stand-up comedian and SNL alum's medical progress.
"While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go," the rep said. "He and [his fiance] Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him."
Comedian Tracy Morgan transferred from a NJ hospital to a rehabilitation center to continue recovery from serious injuries in crash - @GMA
— ABC News (@ABC) June 20, 2014
Nine days after the crash both Tracy Morgan and his assistant Jeff Millea were upgraded from critical to fair condition.There has been no further update about comedian Ardie Fuqua, Jr., who was also in critical condition following the crash.
The Walmart truck driver accused of causing the fatal crash has been charged with vehicular homicide. Kevin Roper pleaded not guilty and is presently out on bail.
Earlier this week it was determined by the National Transportation Safety Board that Roper had been speeding at the time he crashed his truck into the tour bus. He was going 65 miles per hour--20 miles per hour over the posted speed limit. He also hadn't slept in more than 24 hours at the time the crash took place.
While it's certainly encouraging news to learn that Tracy Morgan's condition has improved enough to allow his transfer to a rehab facility, it's important to remember that James McNair's family is still grieving. Had Kevin Roper simply obeyed the laws of the road, perhaps neither of these sad situations would have come into play.
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