Tracy Morgan Emotionally Reflects on Near-Fatal Car Crash 5 Years Ago: 'I Thank God for My Family'
"There isn't a day that goes by that I don't miss my friend Jimmy Mac, who sadly lost his life that night," Morgan wrote on Twitter
“Five years ago tonight, me and my friends, Jimmy Mac, Jeff @ARDIEFUQUA, @HarrisStanton, Ty & Joceleyn were in a horrific accident,” Morgan, 50, wrote on Twitter Thursday.
“There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t miss my friend Jimmy Mac, who sadly lost his life that night,” Morgan continued. “I love you Jimmy.”
Morgan went on to express extreme gratitude for his family and loved ones who supported him after the traumatic experience.
“I thank GOD for my family. I am eternally grateful for the love and support they give me. My wife, daughter, sons, and friends are what got me back on my feet. I live every day trying to do right by them and the most of this second chance.”
“I am emotional right now so bear with me, but I also have to thank my professional family,” the comedian continued.
“The folks @TBSNetwork who got me back doing what I love to do best, entertaining people. MY YODA, Lorne Michaels. Going back to @NBCSNL was the first time I knew I would be okay.”
Lastly, Morgan thanked his representatives Steve Smooke, Matt Frost, Mark Landesman, Jessica Money, Ben Morelli, and Lewis Kay, who he said, “stand by me always.”
“Love you all!! God Bless and please spread love and kindness to one another,” Morgan added.
On June 7, 2014, a Walmart truck driver collided into Morgan’s limo bus in New Jersey, resulting in the death of comedian James “Jimmy Mac” McNair and landing Morgan and several others in intensive care. Authorities said the truck driver hadn’t slept in more than 24 hours.
Morgan was left in a coma for two weeks and sustained numerous broken bones.
In 2017, Morgan told PEOPLE that the accident motivated him to continue his career.
“I got hit by a truck, it was a great story. So that’s what happened. I had a story to tell,” he said ahead of his Netflix special Staying Alive.
“When anything ever bad happened to me I made it funny and I turned it good,” he added. “This was a bad thing that happened to me. I wanted to tell my story, but I also want to continue my standup career because all the great things that ever happened to me in my life came through standup.”
“All the great things came through standup,” he continued. “I’m just continuing it. Why would I stop? [The accident] wasn’t going to stop me. As long as I could stand up and grab the mic, I was going to tell my story.”
Three days short of his accident’s five-year anniversary, Morgan was involved in another car accident in New York City on Tuesday.
“Thanks for any concern but I am totally fine. My NEW CAR? We shall see. Love you all,” Morgan tweeted.
TMZ reports that the comedian had just bought a 2012 Bugatti Veyron at Manhattan Motorcars when a Honda SUV allegedly tried to make a last-minute turn and sideswiped Morgan’s new $2 million car. PEOPLE confirmed that the accident occurred.
According to Page Six, the incident occurred at around 1:30 p.m. on 10th Avenue and 42nd Street.
“He said he got it literally an hour ago and he paid $2 million for it,” witness Chris Ricciardelli told Page Six. “He just bought it … and it’s pretty scraped up.”
According to Ricciardelli, Morgan said, “his left hip was hurting him.”
Witnesses told Page Six that Morgan left on his own and was not transported to the hospital.