In the wake of Saturday’s horrible six-car traffic accident in which Tracy Morgan and two people he was traveling with were critically injured, and friend and colleague Jimmy Mack was killed, FX has released a statement saying they will pause production of his upcoming series until Morgan is ready to work again.
Morgan’s new show was scheduled to start shooting in August and premiere in January – that schedule is now scrapped. The show is being developed by It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia creators Rob McElhenney, Charlie Day and Glenn Howerton.
Morgan has a broken leg, several broken ribs, and a busted nose. He is expected to remain in the hospital for several weeks. Morgan’s rep Lewis Kay, told Laughspin, “We’re tremendously overwhelmed and appreciative of the outpouring of love and support from his fans.” The support from the network has to feel good, too.
Here’s the statement in full:
“The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident. We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery. At the point when Tracy has recovered and decides that he is ready to go back to work, his show will be waiting for him. Right now our thoughts and prayers remain with Tracy, the other victims of the accident, and their families.”
The accident was very terrible – a sleep-deprived truck driver crashed into Morgan’s stretch limo and caused a six-car pileup – and likely could have been prevented.
“Yesterday, police confirmed that it was Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper, 35, who was behind the wheel of the 18-wheeler that slammed into Morgan’s limo bus, causing the multi-vehicle accident. No one in the other vehicles was injured. Roper was scheduled to appear in Middlesex County Superior Court today but it was postponed until Wednesday. However, a criminal complaint was released. The complaint, in part, claims Roper hadn’t slept “for a period in excess of 24 hours” when the crash occurred. Roper was charged with death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. The Georgia-based truck driver posted $50,000 bail on Saturday night, the same day the accident occurred.”
Laughspin went on to say that while an investigation is ongoing, drugs and alcohol has been ruled out as factors in the crash. Morgan was heading home after doing a show at the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino when the accident occurred.