Actor Tracy Morgan in critical condition following NJ accident

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was in intensive care Saturday after the limousine bus he was riding in was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, state police said.

The vehicle carrying the former ``Saturday Night Live'' and ``30 Rock'' cast member and six others was involved in a six-vehicle accident on the turnpike near Cranbury Township at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. First Class Greg Williams told The Associated Press.

Williams said one person died in the crash that occurred in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near mile marker 71.5.

A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, says a patient named Tracy Morgan is in critical condition there.

There was no immediate word on other injuries from the accident.

Williams says two tractor-trailers, a sports utility vehicle and two cars, along with Morgan's limo bus, were involved in the accident.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the pileup.

The 45-year-old New York City native joined ``Saturday Night Live'' in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy program for seven years before leaving to star in ``The Tracy Morgan Show'' in 2003.

That show lasted just one season. In 2006, Morgan found a long-running role in NBC's hit show ``30 Rock,'' which was created by SNL co-star Tina Fey.

Morgan grew up fatherless, one of five siblings, in a blighted section of Brooklyn, where he helped raise and support the family.

He once called his gift for being funny ``a defence mechanism'' for his miserable circumstances.

As a teen he started doing comedy on the streets to supplement the family's welfare income.

In late 2010, Morgan had a kidney transplant.

The New Jersey Turnpike was closed for more than five hours after the crash and was reopened at about 6:30 a.m.

 

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  1. karyn posted on 06/09/2014 10:08 AM
    Tracy Morgan my thoughts and prayers are with you and the others God Bless
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