Tracy Morgan Out of Hospital with "Long Way to Go"

He is showing "signs of improvement" but still has a "long way to go," his publicist said in a statement

Friday, Jun 20, 2014  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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    Nearly two weeks after a horrific car crash that claimed his friend's life and left him critically injured, Tracy Morgan has been transferred from a New Jersey hospital to a rehabilitation center to continue his recovery, his publicist said in a statement Friday. 

    "While he is continuing to show signs of improvement, he still has a long way to go," his representative Lewis Kay said in a statement.  "He and Megan wanted to publicly express their deepest gratitude to everyone at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital for the unbelievable care and attention they provided him." 

    The Brooklyn-raised star of "30 Rock" and "Saturday Night Live," who suffered a broken leg, a broken nose and several broken ribs after a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of his limo on June 7, will spend a few weeks in the rehab center recuperating from his extensive injuries.  

    Morgan underwent surgery for his broken leg and his condition was upgraded earlier this week from critical to fair.

    The truck driver who crashed into Morgan's limo on the New Jersey Turnpike had logged over 13 hours behind the wheel and was driving 65 mph in a 45 mph zone, according to a preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board.

    Kevin Roper pleaded not guilty last week to charges of vehicular homicide and assault by auto. Roper was driving a Wal-Mart truck when he allegedly swerved to avoid slowed traffic on the turnpike and plowed into Morgan's limo.

    Roper had a logged a total of 13 hours and 32 minutes on the job that day, the NTSB report said. The maximum consecutive duty period allowed for commercial drivers is 14 hours. The report also states that Roper was traveling at 65 mph for 60 seconds preceding the crash in a construction zone where the speed limit had been reduced from 55 mph to 45 mph.

    Morgan's friend and fellow comedian James McNair was killed in the crash, and two other passengers were seriously injured.

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