Tracy Morgan crash ‘caused by driver fatigue’
Tracy Morgan sustained serious injuries in a car accident last year because of a fatigued Walmart driver, it was confirmed on Tuesday.
The former 30 Rock actor was left with a broken leg and femur, broken nose, and several broken ribs after the Mercedes Sprinter bus he was travelling in was struck by a tractor-trailer operated by the retail corporation. The six vehicle crash killed the 46-year-old’s friend and collaborator James McNair, and a new report into the accident puts the cause as driver fatigue.
The National Transportation Safety Board added that the Walmart driver failed to slow down despite a warning sign which led to the collision in New Jersey on June 7, 2014.
But the board added that the actor and his travelling companions contributed to the seriousness of their injuries as none of them were wearing seat belts at the time of the collision. Most of the wounds sustained by the party were caused by falling or being thrown into the sides of the vehicle at the point of impact.
The Walmart driver, Kevin Roper, was travelling at 65 mph and the report found him slow to react to signs warning him that he was entering a 45 mph zone. It added that he was travelling between 47 and 53 mph when he struck Tracy’s vehicle.
Investigators for the NTSB told the meeting that Kevin had been awake for the previous 28 hours and had driven over 800 miles from Georgia where he lives to a Walmart distribution centre in Delaware to pick up a load before starting his journey.
Tracy’s limo ended up on its side after the crash with its rear doors jammed shut. It took emergency services and the help of other motorists 37 minutes to remove the first of the crash victims from the wreckage.
“I shudder to think what would have happened if this vehicle had caught fire,” said board member Robert Sumwalt.
Tracy spent two weeks in a coma after being airlifted to hospital. In June he made his first public appearance since the accident, using a cane for support.
- Cover Media