Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was rushed to intensive care Saturday after the limousine bus he was riding in was involved in a multi-vehicle accident on the New Jersey Turnpike, state police said.
The vehicle carrying the former “Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” cast member along with six others was caught in a six-vehicle accident on the turnpike near Cranbury Township at about 1 a.m. Saturday, Sgt. First Class Greg Williams told The Associated Press.
Williams said one person died in the crash that occurred in the northbound lanes of the turnpike near mile marker 71.5.
This was further confirmed when a patient named Tracy Morgan was brought in and was in critical condition according to a spokesman at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey. There was no immediate word on other injuries from the accident.
Williams says two tractor-trailers, a sports utility vehicle and two cars, along with Morgan’s limo bus, were involved in the accident. There is no immediate word on the cause of the pileup.
The 45-year-old Bronx native joined the cast of “Saturday Night Live” in 1996 and was on the sketch-comedy program and stayed there for seven years before catching his own break and starred in “The Tracy Morgan Show” in 2003. That show lasted just one season. In 2006, Morgan found a long-running role in NBC’s hit show “30 Rock,” which was created by SNL co-star Tina Fey.
The New Jersey Turnpike was closed for more than five hours after the crash and was reopened at about 6:30 a.m.