Tracy Morgan gave his first interview since the devastating crash a year ago that injured him and killed his friend James McNair. If you watch the interview you’ll see he’s still struggling, both physically, mentally, and emotionally.
The Walmart truck that hit the limo Morgan and others were in was speeding and the driver may not have had enough sleep. Their limo was hit from behind, much like the crash that killed Dad. Walmart, says Morgan, takes full responsibility and their CEO is meeting with Tracy later this week to apologize in person.
That seemed to please Morgan and his attorney.
Yes Walmart owes Morgan and his family that apology and whatever financial support they’ve agreed to provide. But maybe Morgan doesn’t realize they owe him and all the rest of us even more.
Morgan should be asking them what they’re going to do going forward to make sure crashes like this one don’t happen again. An apology is nice. Working to fix the problem would honor McNair’s memory. Working to fix the problem of tired, distracted, and stressed commercial drivers would make the apology sincere and meaningful.
Morgan is struggling a year after the crash and I don’t have to tell many of you that he’s got a long road ahead of him. So many families are living a similar lives after similar crashes. He says he doesn’t know how he can be funny again. We could all tell him that someday he will laugh unexpectedly and then feel guilty about it. That time will bring back the funny, but no amount of time will bring back his friend.
I hope someday, when he’s ready, he’ll join us at Truck Safety in our fight to make roads safer for everyone, in honor of his friend’s memory.
And I sincerely hope that when he meets with the CEO of Walmart this week he asks what has been done since the crash to make the roads safer, and what their plans are for the future.
Because an apology is not enough.