Walmart U.S. president and chief executive officer Bill Simon offered a company apology late Saturday night following an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that took the life of one and left four others seriously injured.
CEO Bill Simon said, “This is a tragedy and we are profoundly sorry that one of our trucks was involved. We are working quickly to understand what happened and are cooperating fully with law enforcement to aid their investigation.”
The accident occurred at 1 a.m. Saturday morning. One of those critically injured is actor-comedian Tracy Morgan. Kevin Roper, 35, of Jonesboro, Georgia, was charged later in the day with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault. Roper was driving a Wal-Mart tractor trailer when it allegedly crashed into a limousine van, which included Morgan as one of its passengers.
The accident involved multiple vehicles. The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board is believed to be joining with New Jersey’s state police in investigating the accident.
Simon added that the facts surrounding the accident were still unfolding, stating, “If it’s determined that our truck caused the accident, Wal-Mart will take full responsibility.”
Simon offered condolences to the family of the passenger who lost his life, and hope that those “injured get the care they need and make a full recovery.”
He emphasized that the company will do what’s right for the family of the deceased and the survivors in the days and weeks ahead.