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Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash was Speeding, Feds Say

Tina Robinson2 years ago

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has released a preliminary report of its investigation into the tractor-trailer crash that killed comedian James McNair and left Tracy Morgan seriously injured. According to a report on, the NTSB concluded that Wal-Mart truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, was speeding prior to the crash.

About the NTSB Investigation

Using data from an electronic engine-control system installed in the truck, NTSB officials calculated Roper was driving 65 mph in the 60 seconds prior to the crash. The speed limit on the stretch of highway where the crash occurred had been reduced to 55 mph since construction in the area began in 2009. A sign approximately a half mile south of the crash warned drivers to further reduce their speed to 45 mph.

A Wal-Mart spokeswoman explained that Wal-Mart trucks are installed with a device that prevents vehicles from going more than 65 mph. She also noted that Wal-Mart guidelines require drivers to follow posted speed limits.

About the Tracy Morgan Crash

The crash happened in the early morning hours of June 7. Roper’s truck crashed into a limousine carrying Morgan, McNair and several others. Roper has pled not guilty to charges of death by auto and assault by auto. Authorities claim Roper was awake for 24 hours prior to the crash – an violation of New Jersey state law.

Records show that Roper left a Wal-Mart facility in Smyrna, Del. at 11:30 a.m. June 6 and traveled to stops in Delaware, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Roper left Bristol, Pa. just after midnight on June 7 and was about 30 minutes into his trip to Perth Amboy, N.J. when the accident happened.

Federal regulations provide a 14-hour consecutive window in which drivers may drive up to 11 hours before being required to rest. Roper was in his 13-and-one-half hours of being on duty and not in violation of any of those requirements.

Wal-Mart confirmed that Roper has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. 


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