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Comedian Tracy Morgan sues Wal-Mart over deadly truck crash

The six-car collision last month seriously injured Morgan and killed another comedian.

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ACTOR AND COMEDIAN Tracy Morgan has sued Wal-Mart over last month’s truck crash that seriously injured him and killed a fellow comedian.

The lawsuit claims Wal-Mart was negligent when a driver of one of its tractor-trailers rammed into Morgan’s limousine van.

It says Wal-Mart should have known the driver had been awake for over 24 hours, and that his commute of 700 miles from his home in Georgia to work in Delaware was “unreasonable.” It also alleges the driver fell asleep at the wheel.

The crash on the New Jersey Turnpike in early June killed 62-year-old comedian James McNair, who went by the name Jimmy Mack.

Morgan, former star of 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live, suffered a broken leg and broken ribs in the crash and is currently in a rehabilitation centre.

Truck driver Kevin Roper (35) has pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges.

A criminal complaint also accuses him of not sleeping for more than 24 hours before the crash, a violation of New Jersey law.

A report into the crash found that Roper was driving 65 mph (over the speed limit of 45mph) in the 60 seconds before he slammed into the limo van.

Previously: Comedian Tracy Morgan critically injured in six-car collision>

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