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Comedian sues Walmart after highway accident

According to authorities, the comedian Tracy Morgan recently filed a lawsuit against Walmart in connection with a June 7 auto accident that left the comedian with injuries to his leg and ribs. Reportedly, Morgan and several other individuals occupied a limo-bus that was heading to New York when it was rear-ended on the New Jersey Turnpike by a semi-truck owned by Walmart. How much the lawsuit is seeking in damages was not immediately clear.

According to the lawsuit, the driver of the Walmart truck was speeding and fell asleep at the wheel at the time of the accident. The suit claims that the driver was going 65 mph in a 45-mph stretch of the highway. The suit also claims that the driver was in violation of federal regulations for long-distance truckers since he had traveled 700 miles just prior to commencing his June 7 shift. Furthermore, the trucker was driving a Peterbilt truck with a collision-avoidance system that did not activate, the suit alleges.

2 dead, 2 injured in New York motor vehicle crash

A car accident that occurred in New York on July 4 that involved a Volkswagen, a Honda Civic and a tractor-trailer left two people dead. According to the report, the crash took place just west of Albany. The two deceased individuals were identified as a 29-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman.

State Police indicated the Volkswagen was traveling westbound in the center lane at what was described as a high rate of speed when it struck a Honda Civic, causing the Volkswagen to spin. The Volkswagen continued to travel west where it struck a tractor-trailer. When the Volkswagen collided with the truck, the force of the impact caused the passenger vehicle to split into two pieces. A fourth vehicle was struck by debris from the Volkswagen.

Brooklyn man killed in hit-and-run

A hit-and-run left a Brooklyn man dead in the early morning of June 28. The accident took place in the Marine Park section of Brooklyn as the pedestrian attempted to cross a street.

According to officials, a 32-year-old man was trying to cross the street just before 3 a.m. when he was hit by a vehicle driven by a 50-year-old Dyker Heights man. The pedestrian was unconscious and lying on the ground after the incident. He was transported to Beth Israel Hospital where the staff pronounced his death.

New York man critically injured in hit-and-run accident

A 59-year-old man was reportedly struck by a 2003 Chevrolet Impala while walking across Linden Boulevard in Brooklyn shortly before 1 a.m. on June 15, 2014. A witness to the pedestrian accident described seeing the car run over the man.

The driver allegedly sat in the car for a while and then ran away, leaving the car behind. According to the witness, the victim was airborne before falling onto the sidewalk. He was taken to Brookdale Hospital with critical injuries. The force of the impact was sufficient to smash the windshield on the passenger side of the car. Police have not yet released any information about the driver of the Impala, who is facing possible felony charges if he is apprehended.

1 dead, 1 injured in New York collision

On June 14, a 45-year-old woman was reportedly killed in a two-vehicle accident in Suffolk County at about 4 a.m. Subsequently, police detained a 54-year-old man on drunk-driving charges in connection with the fatal wreck, according to police.

Reportedly, the 54-year-old man was driving an Audi in Smithtown when he crashed into a Mercedes driven by the 45-year-old woman. Officials pronounced the woman dead at a local hospital. The 45-year-old man suffered minor injuries in the crash, authorities reported.

Trucker charged in traffic pileup that injured comedian

New York residents may be interested in the recent auto accident involving Tracy Morgan. The 45-year-old comedian was injured in a multi-vehicle pileup on the New Jersey Turnpike at about 1 a.m. on June 7. The crash reportedly happened while Morgan was traveling from Delaware to his New Jersey home.

Investigators indicated that the driver of a semi-truck involved in the six-vehicle wreck did not see that traffic was slowing near the township of Cranbury immediately prior to the incident. Reportedly, the trucker attempted to avoid a collision at the last moment but slammed into the rear of the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van carrying Morgan, two chauffeurs and at least three other passengers. The impact caused the van to overturn, authorities said.

2-car accident on Route 9 leaves 1 dead

An accident on an upstate New York highway left one person dead and four people injured on the night of May 31. The decedent was a 51-year-old North Haven, Connecticut, man who reportedly did not properly check for oncoming traffic before making a U-turn. A 24-year-old Malta man struck the turning Acura with a pickup truck.

The truck had been traveling northbound on Route 9 in Malta when it hit the car, which had been in the process of making a U-turn from the southbound lane into the northbound lane. The driver of the car had previously stopped on the shoulder of the southbound lane of Route 9 near Exit 13. Reports indicate that he did not notice the red pickup truck before initiating the turn.

New York trucking accident injures 1

One person suffered injuries in a New York accident in Fulton on May 19 just before 6:30 a.m.. The truck accident involved two cargo trucks, one of which was a dump truck. Investigators believed that distracted driving played a role in the crash.

The trucks collided on northbound Interstate 481 near the boundary of the city. Police said that one of the drivers was distracted at the time of the crash and rear-ended the other truck. One of the vehicles then overturned. Reports did not describe the trucks or indicate which truck overturned. One person was hospitalized for treatment of unspecified injuries. Police said that the person's injuries did not seem serious.

Car crashes in Brooklyn restaurant

A accident on the evening of May 15 resulted in one injury after an SUV drove into a fast-food restaurant in Brooklyn. The accident occurred just after 11:30 p.m. at the Popeye's located at the intersection of Rockaway Parkway and Skidmore Avenue. At this point, it is still unclear what caused the driver to smash into the building.

The car drove through the wall of the restaurant and ended up near the counter. A witness who was inside the building at the time described the event as surreal. He said the incident happened very quickly, but it felt like something out of a movie. The man had just walked away from the counter and watched as the SUV stopped right where he had been standing.

New York pedestrian injured in hit-and-run

On May 5, a 68-year-old male pedestrian was critically injured when a Buick sedan hit him in Midwood, authorities said. The accident reportedly occurred at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Avenue O.

The force of the impact reportedly propelled the 68-year-old man into the air. Authorities transported him to Lutheran Medical Center, where officials listed him in critical condition.

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