Trucker in Tracy Morgan crash went 24 hours without sleep
Monday, June 09, 2014 - 01:28
June 9 - The Wal-Mart trucker that reportedly triggered a fatal multi-car crash which critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan had gone for more than 24 hours without sleep, according to a criminal complaint. Mana Rabiee reports.
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The Wal-Mart driver that may have triggered that fatal accident in New Jersey over the weekend that left comedian Tracy Morgan critically injured may have gone for more than 24 hours without any sleep.
That's according to a criminal complaint on Monday.
Thirty-five-year-old Kevin Roper of Georgia remains free on a $50,000 bail.
He's scheduled to make a court appearance on Wednesday to face charges of "death by auto" and four other counts of "assault by auto".
Saturday's six-car accident in Cranbury Township killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair.
Joan Claybrook, is a former head of the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration.
She says driver fatigue is a leading cause of many of these big rig crashes.
SOUNDBITE: JOAN CLAYBROOK, FORMER HEAD OF THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC AND SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, SAYING:
"They can work up to 80 hours a week, truck drivers can. This is unsafe on the American highways for all of us. And most of the people who harmed in these crashes are in cars."
Authorities say Roper may have failed to slow down for traffic, then swerved to avoid a crash.
Instead, his rig crashed into the back of Morgan's limo bus, which overturned.
The NTSB is reportedly working with state police to see if commercial trucking or limousine safety issues had anything to do with the fatal crash.
Tracy Morgan, meanwhile, remains in critical condition but is said to be "more responsive" on Monday.
The 45-year-old performer is expected to stay hospitalized for several weeks.
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