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  • 12 June 2014, 7:12

Tracy Morgan 911 Crash Calls Released

Police have released audio of the 911 calls made after a New Jersey pile-up which killed one person and left actor Tracy Morgan in a critical condition.

"There's a terrible accident. The car flipped. It's on its side," described one 911 caller.

Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper slammed into the limousine bus carrying Morgan, 45, and several other comedians and friends who were travelling back from a performance in Delaware early on Saturday morning.

The impact flipped the Mercedes limo on its roof and caused a chain-reaction crash involving four other vehicles.

The audio released by New Jersey State Police is of three emergency calls made by drivers who were not involved in the crash.

Morgan, best known for his roles on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, is in a critical but stable condition, recovering from a broken leg, ribs and nose.

Comic James McNair, 62, who performed under the name Jimmy Mack, died at the scene.

Two other passengers in the van were also in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, said spokeswoman Zenaida Mendez.

State police said Roper, who was unhurt in the crash, failed to see traffic slowing in front of him as he drove on the New Jersey Turnpike early on Saturday near Cranbury Township.

On Wednesday, Roper pleaded not guilty to charges ofdeath and assault by auto. Both he and his attorney declined to comment after a brief court appearance.

Authorities say the 35-year-old truck driver had not slept for "in excess of 24 hours," at the time of the fatal crash.

On Wednesday, the National TransportationSafety Board (NTSB) said it was investigating what role Roper's commute may have played in the accident.

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