Tracy Morgan has sued Walmart for allegedly allowing an overworked driver to drive its heavy truck that caused a 6-vehicle crash on June 7, killing comedian James McNair and seriously wounding him and others.
In the suit filed in the US District Court in New Jersey, Morgan – and three other plaintiffs – said that Wal-Mart was negligent over its truck drivers, accusing the company of allowing Kevin Roper to keep on driving for 10 straight hours, even though he has not slept ‘for more than 24 consecutive hours.’
‘Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries,’ Morgan’s lawyer said in the court documents. ‘As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation.’
Morgan also said that ‘Wal-Mart knew, or should have known’ about the status of Roper – who has been charged with death by auto – before allowing him to drive its truck on that fateful day.
The other plaintiffs in the suit are McNair’s widow, comedian Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea. They are seeking unspecified damages.
Wal-Mart released a statement to TMZ, saying, ‘As we’ve said, we’re cooperating fully in the ongoing investigation. We know it will take some time to resolve all of the remaining issues as a result of the accident, but we’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved.
Tracy Morgan is currently in rehab after undergoing surgery to repair his broken femur.