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Tracy Morgan faces lengthy hospital stay

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.

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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.

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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.

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Bill Simon, Walmart’s president, said the company ‘‘will take full responsibility’’ if authorities determine its truck caused the accident.

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