A tractor-trailer driver was driving 20 miles above the posted speed limit before his fatal crash with a van driving Tracy Morgan, investigators said on Thursday, June 19.
A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report stated that trucker Kevin Roper, who was charged with vehicular homicide in the June 7 crass, was driving at 65 mph on the New Jersey Turnpike.
“30 Rock” star Morgan, was critically injured and his friend James (Uncle Jimmy Mack) McNair, was killed in the 1 a.m. pileup in Cranbury, N.J.
According to the NTSB, Roper was speeding despite two warning signs posted on the northbound Turnpike.
The first, under a mile away from the accident scene, warned of a lane closure ahead, and second about a half-mile away advised the speed limit was lowered from 55 mph to 45 mph, according to the report.
“A preliminary review of the data showed the (truck) was traveling at 65 mph for the 60 seconds preceding the collision,” the report said.
Morgan, McNair and three other passengers were in the 2012 Mercedes-Benz Sprinter limo-van when the Peterbilt truck struck them from behind.
A spokesman for Morgan said that the comedian’s health was slowly improving and his condition is now upgraded to fair.
The former “Saturday Night Live” player, who suffered a broken leg and other serious injuries, still rests in a New Brunswick, N.J., hospital.
“Investigators are compiling and analyzing information to determine the activities of the … (truck) driver and the amount of rest he received in the hours and days preceding the crash,” the one-page report said.