FILE – This April 28, 2012 file photo shows Tracy Morgan at The 2012 Comedy Awards in New York. Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan has been upgraded to fair condition following the New Jersey highway crash that badly injured him and killed one of his friends, his spokesman said Monday, June 16, 2014. “His personality is certainly starting to come back as well,” spokesman Lewis Kay said. (AP Photo/Charles Sykes, File)
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A report on the crash that seriously injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another man says the driver of a tractor-trailer was speeding before the crash.
The preliminary report released Thursday by the National Transportation Safety Board says trucker Kevin Roper was driving 65 mph at the time of the June 7 crash.
The report says that about a half-mile south of the crash on the northbound New Jersey Turnpike, signs advised drivers to slow from 55 mph to 45 mph because of construction ahead.
The truck plowed into Morgan’s limo van. Morgan is hospitalized in fair condition with a broken leg and other injuries.
Roper, who is from Jonesboro, Georgia, was driving the truck for Wal-Mart. Wal-Mart says its trucks are equipped with devices that limit speed to 65 mph.