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Multi-vehicle crash involves well-known comedian

Connecticut residents probably heard the recent news of the serious truck accident that involved well-known comedy actor Tracy Morgan. The multi-vehicle crash killed one person and left many others seriously injured, including Morgan, who was listed in critical condition following the accident. The comic and actor is best known for his roles on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, two popular television shows. He was returning from a show in Delaware when a commercial vehicle struck his limousine-bus.

The accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike. According to state police, the driver of a Wal-Mart truck crashed into the limo-bus when the driver failed to see the slowed traffic ahead. This initial impact set off a chain reaction crash that included two cars, an SUV and a second tractor-trailer. All of the crash victims, including the single fatality, came from the limousine.

The 35-year-old driver of the truck was subsequently charged with one count of death and four counts of assault by auto. Wal-Mart put the driver on administrative leave and quickly released a statement of apology. The chain discount store stated that it would take full responsibility if the investigation revealed that its driver caused the accident. The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating the tractor-trailer accident, although initial reports do indicate that the first truck caused the crash.

One of the victims was released from the hospital, but Morgan is expected to stay hospitalized for a number of weeks. In serious truck accidents the injuries are often severe, even fatal, as seen here. Victims may have to endure lengthy hospital stays and large medical bills. Employers of a driver, or owners of a commercial vehicle involved in the crash, may not always come right out at accept liability. If that is the case, victims may need to pursue a legal claim for compensation to pay for damages.

Source: USA Today, "Tracy Morgan critical but improving after deadly crash," John Bacon, June 8, 2014

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