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Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash was Awake for Over 24 Hours

Destiny Baker2 years ago

According to CNN, a criminal complaint alleges the truck driver responsible for the death of comedian James McNair and critical injury of several others, including actor Tracy Morgan, had been awake for more than 24 consecutive hours prior to the accident.

Complaint Alleges Trucker Broke Federal Regulations

“With regards to news reports that suggest Mr. Roper was working for 24 hours, it is our belief that Mr. Roper was operating within the federal hours of regulation.” – Walmart spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan as published by CNN

35-year-old Kevin Roper has been charged with vehicular homicide and assault by automobile in connection to a Saturday morning crash along the New Jersey Turnpike that resulted in the critical injury of Tracy Morgan and the death of his fellow comedian James McNair, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack.

In a criminal complaint, it is alleged that the Walmart truck driver had not slept for more than 24 hours leading up to the accident. Federal regulations limit truck drivers to 11 hours of driving in a 14-hour followed by 10 hours of rest.

Walmart is currently denying the allegations.

About the Trucking Accident

The multi-vehicle accident occurred around 1 am after Roper failed to observe slow-moving traffic ahead of him. Roper swerved at the last minute to avoid the slowed traffic but collided with the back of a Mercedes limo.

This set off a chain-reaction involving a second tractor-trailer, an SUV, and two cars. By the end, the limo had overturned.

McNair died of his injuries while Morgan and another passenger, Jeffery Millea, were airlifted to Rober Wood Johnson Hospital – they are both listed in critical condition.

Another passenger, Ardie Fuqua Jr. and Harris Stanton were also hospitalized following the accident. Fuqua is listed in critical condition, and Stanton was treated and released.

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