NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A lawyer for Tracy Morgan said the comedian suffered a traumatic brain injury in the highway crash that almost killed him — and took the life of another comedian.

Attorney Benedict Morelli made the statement Tuesday at a hearing in Trenton, New Jersey.

Morelli and the other attorneys handling the case were on hand for a scheduling conference in Morgan’s lawsuit against Walmart.

A tractor-trailer operated by the discount retail chain slammed into the rear of Morgan’s limousine bus on June 7.

Truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, faces one count of second-degree vehicular homicide and four counts of fourth-degree assault by auto.

Morgan’s friend James “Jimmy Mack” McNair, 62, of Peekskill, died in the crash.

Two other passengers, Ardie Fuqua Jr. and Jeffrey Millea, were critically injured in the crash.

Comedian Harris Stanton suffered a broken wrist in the crash.

Besides the brain injury, Morgan suffered a broken leg, nose and ribs. Morgan spent weeks in a hospital and rehab after the accident.

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