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Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt In Fatal Six-Car Crash

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  • Center Left
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    Denton, TX
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    Comedian and actor Tracy Morgan is in critical condition after being involved in a six-car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday morning of June the 7th. It is not yet known the status of everyone involved in this huge wreck. Although a Sergeant of the NJ State Police has already confirmed that at least one person was killed during the wreck, along with at least 4 other hospitalizations for various injuries.

    As for Tracy Morgan, his condition as I mentioned already is critical but no specifics have been announced yet on him. All that's been said so far is that he was taken to the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The nursing supervisor confirmed his status as critical, but would not comment further on his condition.

    As for the wreck itself, Tracy was riding in a limo bus when the accident occurred. There was also two tractor-trailers and an SUV involved, reported thus far.

    Tracy Morgan is best known for his stand-up comedy, his role on "Saturday Night Live", and most notably his role on "30 Rock". Given that he has been touring his new stand-up routine, "Bona Fide" across the country, my guess is that he was in Jersey doing that very thing. Not sure though. Correct me if I'm wrong on that.

    Will post more once the story becomes more clear on his condition. Officially announcing 'critical' though is unnerving. I hope he is okay.
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    Any update on this? I'm curious what his condition is now. It's strange they wouldn't comment more on his condition.
  • Strongly Liberal Democrat
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    ClayTaylorNC Wrote: Any update on this? I'm curious what his condition is now. It's strange they wouldn't comment more on his condition.
    The most recent update I came across says he is 'more responsive,' but is still considered in critical condition. The hospital reported he has broken ribs, a broken nose, a broken leg and a broken femur. And his publicist said he's expected to be in the hospital for 'several weeks.'
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    I was listening to a special on NPR about this, where they (media and whoever else) is trying to turn this into a "trucker was driving for 24 hrs" thing. People are trying to get computers installed on all cross-country trucks to have truck disabled after a certain amount of drive time so the driver must rest. It irritates me more than anything that people behave this way. Always try to make something more out of anything. If this was a normal citizen it may have made a 15 second special on the local news channel, but because it's Tracy Morgan... Company owners, politicians, and lawyers, are standing up to get of the piece of the publicity pie. Although I'm not a Tracy fan myself, I do hope sincerely he gets better. Which he has been upgraded to "fair" condition now.

    This IS NOT a case that needs to be taken to this extent. 99.9% of truck drivers DO NOT drive more than their hour cap. I know this from first hand experience. If you arrive at your destination early (meaning you drove too long) you WILL most likely be fined from either the company receiving the product, or your own company. And not to mention you could lose a point from your license which will lead to more fines, which leads to owing money. No driver wants to go through that so they simply follow the rules.

    I remember the interviewer asking the trucker a question. Interviewer: "So what if he is an independent driver (owns the truck)? Does he still follow the same rules?". The trucker responded with "Was he a independent driver?". The interviewer responded with "No". Then WHY are you asking me that question. Just ridiculous. Trying to make something more out something. I can't say something out of nothing because people got hurt so it is not a light subject.
  • Democrat
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    My father was a truck driver. He has told me horror stories of trucking companies, in the past, that do have their drivers drive more than they legally should. The drivers have to keep a log. If the company is big enough, they have digital logs. Most smaller companies, however, have paper logs, which can be easily falsified.

    The law states: Interstate drivers can be behind the wheel no more than 11 hours in a day and on duty no more than 14 hours in a day. -- Drivers have to take a break of at least 30 minutes every eight hours.

    One way that smaller trucking companies get away with breaking the law, is they have two man teams. So on paper, they have written that one driver drives for 11 hours and the other drives the other 11, giving them rest outside of the truck. However, some of them get all wired up on coffee or some other substance, drive for 16 hours a day, then the other does the same thing. They falsify the records for IF and WHEN D.O.T. checks them out.

    It is really quite dangerous. Luckily for everyone on the road, it is quite rare and D.O.T. is on the lookout for this type of activity.
  • Center Left
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    Charlotte, NC
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    Tracy Morgan is now suing Walmart for 1 million dollars for this highway crash. His claim is Walmart was negligent and should of known one of it's drivers had been awake for 24hrs. Because you know, Walmart is most definitely to blame for the drivers sleeping schedule. What happens if the driver pulls over for the required time but doesn't sleep? Is Walmart still to blame for their employee's lack of sleep. There answer is NO. And now Morgan wants to go after this mega company for 1 million measly dollars? Are you kidding me?

    ‘‘As a result of Wal-Mart’s gross, reckless, willful, wanton, and intentional conduct, it should be appropriately punished with the imposition of punitive damages,’’ according to the complaint.

    That is pocket change to both Morgan and Walmart. So what's this case for? It's for publicity. And because he was probably pushed into it by his lawyers. 'Hey come on man, we can go after them for something they can't control! Lets do it. We'll get more Tv time, and it'll be fun!' No doubt It was an unfortunate thing to happen. But this whole fiasco that is lets see who can make the more twisted, ridiculous, bigger story out of a normal happening is getting out of control. Just because it is someone who is well known. If it was a normal citizen this wouldn't of even made the news.