Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Up 28 Straight Hours

NTSB says driver fatigue played big role in accident
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 11, 2015 2:34 PM CDT
Trucker in Tracy Morgan Crash Up 28 Straight Hours
This photo provided by the New Jersey State Police shows Kevin Roper.   (AP Photo/New Jersey State Police)

How are your reflexes after you've been awake for 28 straight hours? The NTSB says the driver of the truck that smashed into Tracy Morgan's limo was in that exact predicament, reports ABC News. Kevin Roper, 35, drove 800 miles from his home in Georgia to Delaware, where he got into his Walmart truck and embarked on a 14-hour trip, say NTSB investigators. In the 13th hour of that trip, Roper hit Morgan's vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike, killing one passenger and injuring Morgan and three others.

In addition to driver fatigue, the NTSB also notes that Roper was doing 65 in a construction zone, 20mph over the limit, reports AP. “Had the truck driver been traveling at the posted work zone speed limit of 45mph, it could have been stopped before impact,” says NTSB investigator David Rayburn. The agency also says that neither Morgan nor the other passengers in the limo van were wearing seatbelts, which likely made their injuries worse. (Walmart has settled with Morgan, who vows to make people laugh again.)

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