Tracy Morgan: Hospital upgrades comic's condition
Comedian Tracy Morgan, who was gravely injured in a crash more than a week ago, has been upgraded to fair condition, his publicist said Monday.
Morgan, 45, a former cast member of "Saturday Night Live" and "30 Rock," had been in critical condition after a six-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7. He sustained several injuries, including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs.
"His personality is certainly starting to come back as well," his publicist, Lewis Kay, said in a statement.
Morgan was injured when a Wal-Mart truck slammed into the back of the luxury van in which he was a passenger as he was returning to New York City from a comedy show in Delaware. Another comedian, James McNair, known as Jimmy Mack, died in the crash, and two other comedians and Morgan's assistant, Jeff Millea, were also injured.
Millea's condition has also been upgraded from critical to fair, Kay said. After the crash, Morgan and Millea were airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.
Last week, the truck driver, Kevin Roper of Jonesboro, Georgia, pleaded not guilty to charges including vehicular homicide. Prosecutors have said that Roper had not slept for more than 24 hours at the time of the accident.