Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart following New Jersey Turnpike crash

July 15, 2014
Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Wal-Mart in federal court, alleging the retailer was negligent in connection with the June crash that left him critically injured and killed a fellow passenger. (Reuters)

Comedian Tracy Morgan has filed a lawsuit following a June crash in New Jersey that left one dead and others — including Morgan himself — seriously injured.

Morgan was released from a rehab care center a few days ago, the Los Angeles Times reports. The 45-year-old actor broke his leg and several ribs in the crash, according to the New York Daily News, which reported that Morgan smiled as he left his New Jersey home.

“I’m OK, I feel strong,” Morgan told the Daily News.

Here’s footage of Morgan from Monday, via Entertainment Tonight:

Kevin Roper, who was driving the Wal-Mart tractor-trailer that collided with Morgan’s limousine on June 7, faces criminal charges in connection with the New Jersey Turnpike crash. He has pleaded not guilty.

Comedian James McNair was killed in the crash, which Wal-Mart called “a terrible tragedy.”

“We are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved,” Wal-Mart spokesperson Brooke Buchanan said in a statement. “As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation.”

Morgan’s lawsuit against Wal-Mart Stores Inc. — filed July 10 in U.S. District Court in New Jersey — alleges that the company “knew, or should have known” that Roper was sleep-deprived.

You can read the court filing below and find a preliminary report on the crash from the National Transportation Safety Board here.

Tracy Morgan Lawsuit

Sarah Larimer is a general assignment reporter for the Washington Post.
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