By initial accounts it seems the truck driver was directly responsible for this tragedy. I always try to move over when those things come barrelling down behind me. The video states the trucker hadn't slept in over 24 hours when the wreck happened.
Comedian Tracy Morgan is suing Walmart over a deadly limo bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left him critically injured.
The complaint was filed Thursday in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.
Morgan, 45, suffered
broken ribs, a broken nose and a broken leg in the crash in the early
morning hours of June 7. His friend and fellow comedian James McNair was
killed and others were injured.
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The Walmart truck that rear-ended Morgan's limo was traveling 20 mph over the speed limit
and its driver was almost at his drive time limit, according to a
preliminary report by the National Transportation Safety Board.
According to the
complaint filed by lawyers acting for Morgan and three others, the truck
driven by Walmart employee Kevin Roper collided with the rear end of
"The defendants' negligence was a substantial contributing factor in causing plaintiffs' injuries," the complaint states.
In a statement, Walmart
said the crash had been a "terrible tragedy" and that it wished full
recoveries to Morgan and two others injured with him, comedian Ardley
Fuqua and Morgan's personal assistant Jeffrey Millea. The fourth
plaintiff in the lawsuit is Millea's wife, Krista.
"Our thoughts continue to
go out to them, their families and friends, as well as to the families
and friends of everyone involved, including Mr. McNair who lost his
life," the Walmart statement said.
"We are deeply sorry that
one of our trucks was involved. As we've said, we're cooperating fully
in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve
all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we're
committed to doing the right thing for all involved."
Roper, from Jonesboro,
Georgia, pleaded not guilty last month to criminal charges that include
vehicular homicide and assault by auto.
Edited by Tbaby - Jul 12 2014 at 1:03pm