Safety report on Morgan crash raises new questions

Kevin Roper, right, and his attorney David Glassman listen during Roper's arraignment at the Middlesex County Courthouse Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges, in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured.
Kevin Roper, right, and his attorney David Glassman listen during Roper's arraignment at the Middlesex County Courthouse Wednesday, June 11, 2014, in New Brunswick, N.J. Roper, a Wal-Mart truck driver from Georgia, pleaded not guilty to death by auto and assault by auto charges, in the wake of a deadly chain-reaction crash on the New Jersey Turnpike early Saturday, June 7, 2014, that killed comedian James McNair and left actor-comedian Tracy Morgan and two others critically injured. (AP Photo/Princeton Packet, Phil McAuliffe, Pool)

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – A report on the fatal accident that also injured Tracy Morgan says the truck driver was speeding before he slammed into Morgan’s limousine.

The accident on the New Jersey Turnpike June 7 killed comedian James McNair and seriously injured Morgan and two other passengers.

The National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report, released Thursday, concludes that Kevin Roper was driving his Wal-Mart truck at 65 mph before the crash.

The area’s speed limit is 55 mph and traffic was slowed to 45 mph due to construction.

The report says Roper had been on the job about 13 1/2 hours at the time of the crash.

Federal rules limit drivers to 14 hours of work per day with a maximum of 11 hours behind the wheel.

Wal-Mart didn’t comment on Roper’s schedule.

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