At least he can poke fun at the situation now! Tracy Morgan openly joked about his near-fatal 2014 car crash while presenting onstage at the 2019 SAG Awards on Sunday, January 27. Before announcing the nominees for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series, the 50-year-old star said he’s now “set for life” after sustaining serious injuries when his vehicle was struck by a Walmart truck nearly five years ago.
“I gotta say, it’s an honor to be presenting this award tonight. It’s a very prestigious award and can be life-changing, and trust me when I say, as a former winner, if you win this award tonight, and get hit by a Walmart truck and survive with all your arms and legs, you gonna be set for life. You can trust that,” Tracy told the audience.
The moment soon went viral on Twitter with SAG viewers commenting on Tracy’s candid comments about the accident that killed his good friend, comedian James McNair, 62. “Love that Tracy Morgan can make light of his near-death experience. #SAGAwards,” one person wrote online with another similar adding, “The #sagawards2019 have just started & already the quote of the night is from @RealTracyMorgan … ‘If you win this award … and get hit by a Walmart truck, you’re pretty much set for life.'”
Tracy was a passenger in a Mercedes Sprinter minibus on June 7, 2014, when the vehicle was involved in a six-car crash on the New Jersey Turnpike caused by a tractor-trailer truck operated by Walmart. Following the scary accident, the 30 Rock star was airlifted to a local hospital to be treated for a traumatic brain injury, a broken leg and femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs. After undergoing surgery on his leg, Tracy was moved to a rehabilitation facility where he remained until mid-July of that year. More than a year after the crash occurred, Tracy returned to Hollywood and the public eye to present an award at the 2017 Emmys.
During a past interview with Rolling Stone, Tracy revealed he battled depression and even considered suicide following the accident. “My thoughts — I was in a very dark place. I was sitting right here, contemplating suicide. I couldn’t walk. It’s gonna take more than 18 wheels for me to get out of here. I have to raise my girl, raise my wife, raise my family,” he said, referring to his wife, actress Megan Wollover, and their 5-year-old daughter, Maven Sonae Morgan, before adding, “I feel great [today].”