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  • 10 June 2014, 0:41

Tracy Morgan 'Responsive' After Deadly Crash

Tracy Morgan is "more responsive" but will remain in hospital for several weeks following surgery on a broken leg after he was badly hurt in a New Jersey crash.

The 45-year-old actor and comedian, a former Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock cast member, is in a critical condition, his spokesman Lewis Kay said.

Morgan was injured when a lorry rear-ended the limousine bus he was riding in with four other passengers at around 1am on Saturday.

Fellow comedian James McNair, 62, known by his stage name Jimmy Mack, was killed in the wreck.

Two other comics - Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton - were also in hospital with severe injuries, while a fifth passenger, Morgan's assistant Jeff Millea, was treated for minor injuries and released, police and hospital officials said.

Authorities say 35-year-old Kevin Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, had not slept for more than 24 hours when he apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead and swerved to avoid a crash.

Instead, his truck smashed into the back of Morgan's chauffeured Mercedes limo bus.

Roper has been charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. He was freed after posting $50,000 (30,000) bond, and is due in court on Wednesday.

Morgan suffered several injuries, including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs and had undergone surgery on his injured leg.

"While Tracy remains in critical condition, he has been more responsive today, which is an incredibly encouraging sign," Mr Kay, said in a statement.

"We expect him to remain in the hospital for several weeks. His family is tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans."

Morgan earned an Emmy nomination as outstanding supporting actor for his role on 30 Rock, which starred Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin, in 2009, the same year his book, I Am the New Black, was published.

The comedian has three sons by his previous wife, Sabina Morgan, and is engaged to Megan Wollover, with whom he had a daughter in 2013.

Sabina Morgan told the New York Daily News she and Morgan's sons were shaken by the accident.

"It's like I'm in a nightmare," she said.

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