The deadly accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed his colleague and friend, comic James “Jimmy Mack” McNair on June 7, 2014, has been blamed on speed.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) revealed in a report that the accident between the Wal-Mart tractor trailer truck and Morgan’s limo van was caused by the truck driver’s failure to slow down after driving into a reduced speed construction zone. He was driving the truck at 65 miles per hour. The usual posted speed limit on that stretch of the NJ Turnpike is 55 mph. However, due to the construction, drivers were required to slow down to 45 miles per hour.
After accident reconstruction consultants took a closer look at the various aspects of the accident, it was determined that the trucker’s failure to slow down, combined with driver fatigue, led to the catastrophic accident. According to the NTSB’s accident report, the Wal-Mart truck driver reported working 14 hours straight with no sleep for the prior 28 hours.
Morgan sued Wal-Mart and recently settled his civil lawsuit for an undisclosed amount of money. The comedian suffered a traumatic brain injury in the accident and spent several week in a coma immediately following the crash. In fact, he is still dealing with the effects of the accident.
As a result of the accident, the NTSB called for mandatory rest-periods for truck drivers.
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