TRENTON, N.J. — Tracy Morgan was recovering Sunday but was expected to remain hospitalized for several weeks, after having surgery on a broken leg suffered in a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike that left two others critically injured and another man dead.
The 45-year-old actor and comedian, a former ‘‘Saturday Night Live’’ and ‘‘30 Rock’’ cast member, remained in critical condition but was ‘‘more responsive’’ Sunday after surgery for a broken femur, said Morgan’s spokesman, Lewis Kay.
Morgan also sustained a broken nose and several broken ribs, Kay said.
A Walmart truck driver was charged with death by motor vehicle and four counts of assault by motor vehicle.
Authorities said the truck driver, 35-year-old Kevin Roper of Jonesboro, Ga., apparently failed to slow for traffic ahead early Saturday morning in Cranbury Township and swerved at the last minute to avoid a crash. Instead, his big rig smashed into the back of Morgan’s chauffeured Mercedes limo bus, killing comedian James ‘‘Jimmy Mack’’ McNair, authorities said.
McNair, 62, of Peekskill, N.Y., was a close friend and mentor of Morgan.
Also critically injured were Morgan’s assistant, Jeffrey Millea, 36, of Shelton, Conn., and comedian Ardie Fuqua Jr., 43, of Jersey City.
Bill Simon, Walmart’s president, said the company ‘‘will take full responsibility’’ if authorities determine its truck caused the accident.