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Truck driver charged in Tracy Morgan crash

  • Truck driver Kevin Roper has been indicted on 5 counts
  • Actor Tracy Morgan is in critical condition following Saturday's accident

A Walmart truck driver is being held on $50,000 bail in connection with Saturday's chain-reaction crash that left one person dead and 7 others in the hospital, including comedian Tracy Morgan.

Kevin Roper is charged with five counts -- one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto. He was driving the tractor-trailer that crashed into Morgan's limo bus, according to the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. Roper, 35, turned himself in, the New Jersey State Police told CNN.

Read more: Tracy Morgan in intensive care after wreck

The former "SNL" and "30 Rock" star was returning from a performance in Dover, Delaware, when the accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike. Morgan is still in critical condition following the six-vehicle crash. The accident killed James McNair, Morgan's friend who was onboard the limo bus. McNair, 63, was also a comedian who performed under the name Jimmy Mack, according to his sister.

CNN's Alexandra Field updates Weekend Express on the crash investigation.

CNN Wires contributed to this report

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