The driver of Tracy Morgan’s limousine has spoken of his horror at seeing his passengers trapped in the twisted wreck after the devastating crash which left the comedian fighting for his life.
The 30 Rock star was travelling in a limo bus on his way home from a stand-up show in the early hours of Saturday morning (07Jun14), when the vehicle collided with a truck and overturned. Morgan’s comedy writer friend James ‘Jimmy Mack’ McNair died in the accident, and the comedian was admitted to hospital in a critical condition after suffering numerous injuries including a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs.
The driver of the limo, chauffeur Tyrone Gale, has now opened up about the horrific accident, revealing he attempted to help his passengers in the upturned vehicle, but struggled to reach them in the chaos. He tells the New York Daily News, “I climbed around and heard Tracy screaming for help. I climbed up on the body of the limo bus… but I couldn’t reach them… I just remember the impact. We didn’t know which way was up, which way was down. I don’t know if we flipped several times or one time. I saw the condition of everybody, and I knew it would just make it worse if I tried to pull them up and out of the vehicle.”
Harris Stanton, another comic who was travelling in the limo, suffered a broken wrist in the crash, and admits he feels lucky to be alive. He adds, “I didn’t get hurt as bad as they did. I was lucky… It’s (McNair’s death) sad. It’s very sad.” Morgan underwent surgery on his broken leg on Sunday (08Jun14) and is expected to spend several weeks in hospital as he recovers from his injuries.