Tracy Morgan Transferred To Rehab Center
Morgan, 45, broke his femur, nose and several ribs when police said the limo van he was in was struck by a tractor-trailer on the New Jersey Turnpike June 7.
Morgan will remain in the rehab center for the next few weeks.
“He still has a long way to go,” his publicist said in a statement Friday. “He and 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.”
Morgan’s friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed and two other passengers were seriously injured in the crash. Funeral services for McNair were held last Thursday.
According to the criminal complaint, Roper operated the truck “without having slept for a period in excess of 24 hours resulting in a motor vehicle accident.”
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The NTSB report said Roper had logged just over 13.5 hours on the job at the time of the crash.
Meanwhile, the Senate is considering a resolution that would allow truckers to work up to 80 hours per week. Sen. Robert Menendez says that’s like working two full-time jobs.
“But the difference is you’ve got a multi-thousand pound vehicle in your hands which can be used inadvertently as a weapon,” he told WCBS 880’s Levon Putney.
The Teamsters Union has also urged Congress not to ease laws that limit truck drivers to 60 to 70 hours of work a week.
“The NTSB’s preliminary findings in this case clearly show that truck drivers are pushing beyond the limits of the current hours of service rules,” Teamsters General President James P. Hoffa said.
Roper has been charged with death by auto and assault by auto. He has pleaded not guilty.
A death-by-auto conviction carries a five- to 10-year prison sentence. Each of the four assault-by-auto charges is punishable by up to 18 months in prison.
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