Tracy Morgan moved to rehab; fiancee thanks his fans for prayers
Tracy Morgan is making progress as he recovers from injuries suffered in a June 7 crash that killed a friend and injured two others.
“Tracy has been transferred to an undisclosed rehab center, where he is expected to remain for the next few weeks,” his representative Lewis Kay said in a statement Friday. “While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go.”
The “30 Rock” and “Saturday Night Live” actor suffered injuries including a broken nose, ribs and legs in the crash on the New Jersey Turnpike. He was initially hospitalized in critical condition, but that was upgraded to fair condition earlier this week.
Comic James “Jimmy Mack” McNair died in the wreck, which happened at 1 a.m. that Saturday. Comic Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant Jeff Millea were both critically injured, though Millea, like Morgan, was upgraded to fair condition this week. They were on their way back from a Friday-night gig at a Delaware casino.
McNair’s funeral was held June 12 in Peekskill, N.Y.
“All your prayers helped- moving forward- stable & fair condition, but the journey continues… #faith,” Morgan’s fiancee, Megan Wollover, tweeted Thursday. She and the comic welcomed their baby girl Maven nearly a year ago.
Kay also said the couple was grateful “for the unbelievable care and attention” provided by the staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey since the accident.
The National Transportation Safety Board revealed in a preliminary report Thursday that Kevin Roper, the driver of a Walmart tractor-trailer rig that hit the performers’ chauffeured van and set off the six-vehicle collision, had been driving 65 mph immediately before impact in a part of the turnpike where traffic was slowed because of construction. Signs south of the accident site indicated upcoming lane closures and a speed limit reduced to 45 mph from 55 mph, the Associated Press reported.
Walmart trucks are capped at 65 mph, the company told the AP. A criminal complaint alleges Roper had not slept in the 24 hours preceding the crash.
The 35-year-old Georgia man has pleaded not guilty to one charge of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto.