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Tracy Morgan Limo Wreck: 911 Audio Released

The metro Atlanta trucker, who is charged with death by auto in the New Jersey crash that killed one man and critically injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in court in New Brunswick, N.J.

Tracy Morgan. Publicity/File Photo
Tracy Morgan. Publicity/File Photo
By Patch Editor Tom Davis

Drivers reported seeing a "flipped over vehicle" when they saw a "terrible" accident on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday that killed one man and critically injured comedian-actor Tracy Morgan.

Patch embedded the 911 calls that were released by the State Police on Tuesday.

"I'm not a part of the accident but the accident is right in front of me," one driver reported.

One driver reported seeing "people" but the tape appears to be cut off at that point. Another driver reported that the accident looked "terrible" involving a "Walmart truck."

Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Ga., was charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto after the tractor-trailer he was driving crashed into the van at 1 a.m. Saturday, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office.

Roper pleaded not guilty Wednesday in court in New Brunswick, N.J. Click here for more information.

Morgan, former star of T.V.'s Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock, remained in critical condition this week but was more responsive after he was nearly killed in a New Jersey Turnpike car crash, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Morgan's fiancée, Megan, has been at his side and has asked that the media await official word through before speculating on his condition.

"Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated," said his publicist, Lewis Kay. "As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg. We are working closely with the incredible staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to share information when it is available."

The Cranbury, N.J. crash on Saturday killed a Peekskill, N.Y. man, while two others - a 36-year-old man from Shelton, Ct. and a 43-year-old man from Jersey City - remained in condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center, said Zenaida Mendez, spokeswoman for the hospital.

Morgan, 45, was "more responsive" at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center in New Brunswick after sustaining a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs, said his publicist.

The actor-comedian had surgery earlier Sunday on his leg.

"We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks," Kay said. "His family is tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans."

Morgan's limo bus overturned in a Saturday morning collision on the New Jersey Turnpike in Cranbury, N.J. that killed James McNair, 63, a passenger. The remaining passenger was treated at the hospital and was released.

Walmart released a statement to the media saying the department-store chain is "profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved" and that the company will cooperate fully with law enforcement.

“The facts are continuing to unfold. If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Walmart will take full responsibility," according to a statement reported on Business Insider.

A preliminary investigation determined that the tractor-trailer crashed into the van, a 2012 Mercedes Sprinter, as both vehicles traveled in the northbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike. Four other vehicles were involved in the crash. None of the occupants of those vehicles was injured, according to the prosecutor's office. 

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call the New Jersey State Police Detective Bureau at the Troop D Station in Cranbury at 609-860-9000, extension 4400.

Various reports from ABC News and elsewhere provided new details on the crash, noting that Morgan allegedly screamed for help after his limo bus overturned.


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