NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (Reuters): Actor-comedian Tracy Morgan is in critical condition in hospital but was more responsive a day after he was badly hurt in a deadly New Jersey highway crash, his spokesman said late Sunday. Morgan, who gained fame as a member of the “Saturday Night Live” ensemble before co-starring on the hit NBC television comedy “30 Rock,” was injured when a tractor-trailer rear-ended the limousine bus he was riding in early on Saturday with four other passengers.

Fellow comedian James McNair was killed in the wreck. Two other comics - Ardie Fuqua and Harris Stanton - were also in hospital with severe injuries, while a fifth passenger, Morgan’s assistant, Jeff Millea, was treated for minor injuries and released, police and hospital officials said. The group was returning from a performance in Delaware at around 1 a.m. when the big rig slammed into the back of their chauffeured Mercedes bus near Cranbury Township, New Jersey, flipping it over. A fourth passenger on the bus, comedian James McNair, 62, of Peekskill, New York, died at the scene, according to New Jersey State Police. The comics were returning from a performance in Delaware around 1 am local time Saturday when a tractor-trailer slammed into the back of their chauffeured Mercedes limo bus near Cranbury Township, New Jersey, flipping it over.