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Tracy Morgan in intensive care after 6-car crash

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By The Associated Press

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was in intensive care Saturday after the limousine bus he was riding in was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, state police said.

The vehicle carrying the former ``Saturday Night Live'' and ``30 Rock'' cast member and six others was involved in a six-vehicle accident on the turnpike near Cranbury Township at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. First Class Greg Williams told The Associated Press.     

Comedian James McNair, who performed as Jimmy Mack, was killed in the crash that occurred in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near mile marker 71.5. McNair was described as a mentor to the 45-year-old Morgan.

There was no immediate word on other injuries from the accident.

Williams says two tractor-trailers, a sports utility vehicle and two cars, along with Morgan's limo bus, were involved in the accident. There is no immediate word on the cause of the pileup.

Morgan was on the road after performing a standup routine at a show in Delaware when the accident happened and the vehicle overturned.

A truck driver has been charged in a fatal accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

Prosecutors say truck driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper, of Jonesboro, Georgia, was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney.

Morgan's spokesman said Morgan was receiving ``excellent'' hospital care. Two other passengers that were in the limo bus are seriously injured.

The 45-year-old Bronx native joined ``Saturday Night Live'' in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy program for seven years before leaving to star in ``The Tracy Morgan Show'' in 2003. 

That show lasted just one season. In 2006, Morgan found a long-running role in NBC's hit show ``30 Rock,'' which was created by SNL co-star Tina Fey.

The New Jersey Turnpike was closed for more than five hours after the crash and was reopened at about 6:30 a.m.

(C) The Associated Press 2014

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