Tracy Morgan Update: Actor's Condition Improves, Friend Says He Is Smiling

Tracy Morgan has seen his condition improve after a crash on the New Jersey turnpike that killed another man and left Morgan in critical condition.

Hours after he was taken by helicopter to a hospital, Morgan was reportedly alert and able to speak to family members.

A friend who took Morgan's ex-wife, Sabina Morgan, to visit at Robert Wood Johnson University in New Brunswick, said the 45-year-old actor was looking well despite his injuries.

"He's got a brace on his neck, but he's smiling," said the friend.

Police have charged truck driver Kevin Roper of Jonesboro, Georgia, with four counts of assault for the accident. News outlets have reported that the 35-year-old driver was "dozing" at the wheel. Police did not confirm the claim, simply noting that Roper "failed to observe the traffic."

There was no official update on the condition of Tracy Morgan after the crash.

Morgan's publicist, Lewis Kay, released a statement that reads:

"Tracy remains in critical condition at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital. He sustained these injuries in an accident that occurred early this morning as one of several passengers in a chauffeured SUV returning from a tour date in Delaware. His family is now with him and he is receiving excellent care. We don't anticipate much of a change in his condition today but will provide a further update once more information becomes available."
Fellow comedian James "Uncle Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed in the crash, and others in the van riding with Morgan were inured.

Morgan was with a group of comedians who had just performed prior to the crash. His opening act, Ardie Fuqua, had just tweeted a picture of Morgan on stage.

"This is what it looks like form the stage to see a standing ovation from 1,500 people," the caption said. "Then we traveled back to NYC in style in a luxury Mercedes Sprinter. Road life is good life!"

Tracy Morgan officially remains in critical condition, but The Inquisitr will update as more information becomes available.