Tracy Morgan, still recuperating from injuries suffered in a horrific car accident last month, has filed a lawsuit against Wal-Mart.
The crash took place on June 7 and also took the life of Morgan's good friend, Jimmy McNair, who was riding with the comedian and others in a limo on the way home from a show in Delaware.
Wal-Mart driver Kevin Roper had allegedly been awake for over 24 hours when he lost control of his vehicle, leading to a six-car pile-up.
The legal papers were filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey on behalf of Morgan, McNair’s widow and comedian Ardie Fuqua and Morgan’s assistant Jeffrey Millea (also injured in the crash).
They state that “Wal-Mart was careless and negligent in the ownership and operation of its motor vehicle, which caused Mr. Morgan to suffer severe personal injuries."
The complaint continues:
"As a direct and proximate result of said collision, Mr. Morgan was caused to sustain severe painful bodily injuries, including but not limited to multiple fractures which required multiple surgeries, extensive medical treatment and will require significant physical rehabilitation."
The suit alleges that “Wal-Mart knew, or should have known” that Roper - who was later charged for his role in the incident - was “awake for more than 24 consecutive hours” prior to the collision.
Morgan is out of the hospital and in a rehab center, where sources say he’s showing “signs of improvement."
In an earlier statement, Wal-Mart said "we are deeply sorry that one of our trucks was involved,” adding, “We’re committed to doing the right thing for all involved."
UPDATE: Morgan is on his way home to complete his recovery.