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The wait continues—so apparently some people are making stuff up to tide themselves over in the meantime.
Tracy Morgan's camp released a new statement Monday hoping to quash a rumor that the 30 Rock star's leg was amputated when he underwent surgery over the weekend for broken bones suffered in a car crash very early Saturday morning.
"Tracy remains in critical but stable condition. His fiancée Megan is by his side," his rep said in the statement obtained by E! News.
"The concern for his well-being has been overwhelming, but Megan is respectfully asking that the media await official word through these channels before speculating (mostly inaccurately) on his condition. Rumors about amputating his leg are completely fabricated."
Morgan's rep told E! News yesterday that the comedian and Saturday Night Live alum's injuries included a broken leg, a broken femur, a broken nose and several broken ribs and he was expected to remain hospitalized for another few weeks.
"As we shared yesterday, Tracy had surgery on his broken leg," today's statement continued. "We are working closely with the incredible staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital to share information when it is available. This recovery will be arduous and we hope that you can be patient during this difficult time. Thank you."
Morgan and Megan Wollover have been engaged since 2011 and have an 11-month-old daughter together, Maven Sonae. Morgan also has three sons with his ex-wife, Sabina.
Comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed in the six-vehicle crash in New Jersey that left Morgan and others injured when the limo bus they were riding in after a standup show in Dover, Del., was hit by a tractor trailer and overturned.
The driver of the tractor trailer, who was on the job for Walmart, has been charged with vehicular homicide, assault and reckless driving. According to a police report, Kevin Roper had been awake for more than 24 hours at the time of the accident.
A statement released today by the America Trucking Associations noted that hours-of-service rules dictate that drivers must take a minimum of 10 consecutive hours off, but that there was no way to govern what drivers did while off-duty.
"No rule can address what a driver does in his or her off-duty time," said ATA president and CEO Bill Graves. "The industry—including ATA, our member fleets, our state associations and the millions of safe, professional truck drivers on the road today—strongly believes that drivers must take advantage of their off-duty periods for rest and that drivers should not drive if they are fatigued."
David Tovar, Walmart's VP of communications, said in a statement: "With regards to news reports that suggest Mr. Roper was working for 24 hours, it is our belief that Mr. Roper was operating within the federal hours of service regulations. The details are the subject of the ongoing investigation and we are cooperating fully with the appropriate law enforcement agencies. The investigation is ongoing and unfortunately we can't comment further on the specifics.
"Federal law requires drivers to work no more than 14 hours for any shift and 11 hours of driving."
Roper is currently free on $50,000 bail and is due in court