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Tracy Morgan in intensive care after fatal pileup

By The Associated Press

This article was published June 7, 2014 at 8:50 a.m.

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — 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 that left one dead, 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., Sgt. 1st Class Greg Williams told The Associated Press. Prosecutors said the truck driver has been charged with causing the crash that killed one and critically injured Tracy Morgan.

One person died in the crash, which occurred in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near mile marker 71.5, Williams said. There was no immediate word on other injuries from the accident.

A spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, says a patient named Tracy Morgan is in critical condition there, but he wouldn't confirm it was the actor.

Two tractor-trailers, an SUV, two cars and Morgan's limo bus were involved in the accident, Williams said. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the pileup.

Morgan performed comedy standup Friday night at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino in Delaware. His scheduled appearance at the Fillmore Charlotte in North Carolina on Saturday night has been canceled.

The 45-year-old New York City native joined "SNL" 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 on NBC's hit show "30 Rock," which was created by "SNL" co-star Tina Fey.

Morgan grew up fatherless, one of five siblings, in a blighted section of Brooklyn, where he helped raise and support the family.

He once called his gift for being funny "a defense mechanism" for his miserable circumstances.

As a teen, he started doing comedy on the streets to supplement the family's welfare income.

He had a kidney transplant in late 2010.

The New Jersey Turnpike was closed for more than five hours after the crash.

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