Walmart went on the offensive in a legal battle with comedian and actor Tracy Morgan over the crash that put the former “Saturday Night Live” star in intensive care. Morgan spent weeks in rehab following the collision in June, in which a Walmart truck crashed into the limo Morgan was riding in, killing fellow comedian Uncle Jimmy Mack — James McNair, a friend of Morgan’s.
“Walmart is blaming Morgan for his own injuries in the crash, claiming he was not wearing a seatbelt in the New Jersey Turnpike collision,” USA Today reports.
The report adds: “Morgan and others hurt in the crash are suing Walmart in federal court, accusing the corporate giant of negligence for allegedly allowing the truck driver to drive hundreds of miles while fatigued.”
The crash is reportedly still being investigated by the Department of Transportation. Morgan has not fully recovered from his injuries, and his attorneys have said it may take him months to be able to fully walk, the report notes.
“But in court papers on Monday the company asserted, among other defenses, that Morgan’s injuries ‘were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs’ failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device,’ according to The Hollywood Reporter and TMZ,” USA Today notes.