Trucker in Fatal Crash That Injured Tracy Morgan Was Speeding: NTSB Report

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A three-dimensional scan provided by the National Transportation Safety Board of the Mercedes-Benz limo bus Tracy Morgan and six others were riding in on Saturday, June 7, 2014. (Credit: NTSB)

The big rig that slammed into a limo bus carrying seven people people, including comedian Tracy Morgan, on the New Jersey Turnpike was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit, according to a National Transportation Safety Board report released on Thursday.

The June 7 collision killed comedian James McNair and left Morgan hospitalized with broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken femur and a broken leg.

Morgan’s condition was upgraded from critical to fair condition on Monday, according to his publicist.

Kevin Roper, the truck driver that has been charged in connection with the crash, turned himself in to police on the night of the collision.


Actor Tracy Morgan spoke at a Spike TV comedy special on May 6, 2014. One month later Morgan was critically injured in a car crash. (Credit: Getty Images)

The speed limit in the area where the crash occurred had been reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph due to construction, according to the NTSB report.

Advanced signs were posted to warn drivers about the reduced speeds, according to the report.

Roper’s vehicle was allegedly traveling 65 mph, 20 mph hour faster than the allowed speed limit, when it struck the Mercedes-Benz limo van, the report stated.

Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges that include vehicular homicide and assault by an auto.

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