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Truck Driver in Tracy Morgan Crash Was Speeding, Feds Say

The driver had also clocked 13 hours and 32 minutes of consecutive duty, just under the legal limit of 14

The driver of the Walmart truck-tractor that crashed into comedian Tracy Morgan’s limousine in New Jersey on June 7 was speeding at the time of the collision, federal investigators said in a report released Wednesday, after clocking 13 hours and 32 minutes behind the wheel.

“A preliminary review of the data showed that the Peterbilt combination vehicle was traveling at 65 mph for the 60 seconds preceding the collision with the Mercedes-Benz limo van,” the National Transportation Safety Board said in the report. The speed limit was 45 mph at the location of the crash. The report also noted that 14 hours is the maximum consecutive duty allowed for commercial vehicle drivers.

The collision killed one limo passenger and injured four others, including Morgan, who was placed in critical condition for over a week but was upgraded to fair condition on June 17. Truck driver Kevin Roper has pleaded not guilty to charges of vehicular homicide and assault.

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