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Cause cited in Tracy Morgan crash

A fatigued Wal-Mart truck driver failed to slow down despite a warning and was responsible for a highway crash last year that severely injured comedian Tracy Morgan and killed another comedian, the National Transportation Safety Board said Tuesday. But the board also said the failure of Morgan and other passengers to wear seat belts and adjust headrests while riding in a limousine-van contributed to the severity of injuries when the limo was struck by the truck. The driver, Kevin Roper of Jonesboro, Ga., could have prevented the June 7, 2014, crash if he had slowed to 45 miles per hour, the posted speed limit for the construction work zone on the New Jersey Turnpike where the crash occurred, the board said. Investigators have said the truck was traveling at 65 miles per hour. Roper had been awake for the previous 28 hours, board investigators said. After the truck struck the rear of the limo, it started a chain reaction crash that affected 21 people in six vehicles. Comedian James ‘‘Jimmy Mack’’ McNair of Peekskill, N.Y., a mentor of Morgan’s, was killed. Morgan suffered head trauma, a broken leg, and broken ribs, and was in a coma for two weeks. Three other passengers in the limo suffered serious injuries. (AP)

Gilbert seeks House seat

Actress Melissa Gilbert , the freckle-faced child star in the 1970s and ’80s TV series ‘‘Little House on the Prairie,’’ announced Monday that she’s running for Congress as a Democrat in Michigan’s 8th Congressional District. It marks the first time Gilbert has sought political office — joining a long line of celebrities-turned-politicians that includes Ronald Reagan, Shirley Temple, George Murphy, Clint Eastwood, Sonny Bono, Fred Grandy, Fred Thompson, Jesse ‘‘The Body’’ Ventura , Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Al Franken. (The Washington Post)