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Tracy Morgan Kicks Off First Stand-Up Tour Since Deadly Limo Van Crash

Tracy Morgan is hitting the road for his first national stand-up tour a year-and-a-half after a horrific highway wreck nearly claimed his life.

The "Picking Up the Pieces" tour kicks off in Hammond, Indiana, on Friday night and winds through several states until May.

Morgan, 47, suffered a serious brain injury and broken bones when a Wal-Mart truck crashed into his limo van on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7, 2014. His friend and fellow comedian James "Jimmy Mack" McNair was killed.

The comedians had been playing a show in Dover, Delaware, as part of Morgan's "Turn it Funny" tour.

The "30 Rock" star was in a coma for two weeks.

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The truck's driver, Kevin Roper, was indicted in December on charges of aggravated manslaughter, vehicular homicide and eight counts of aggravated assault.

A federal investigation found that Roper hadn't slept during the previous 28 hours before the crash, which his lawyer later disputed.

The investigation also said Roper failed to slow down despite warning signs.

The Georgia trucker pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday.

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But Morgan and the other surviving passengers in the limo van have also been faulted by investigators for not wearing seat belts, contributing to their injuries when the truck barreled into the vehicle from behind.

The comedian, despite showing signs of the brain injury, has bounced back — returning as a guest host of "Saturday Night Live," where he was a cast member for eight seasons, in October.

He also appeared on the Emmy Awards and on various talk shows, including "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in January.

On Fallon, he joked about what he missed out on while he was in a coma, and said his 2-year-old daughter, Maven, was his inspiration during rehabilitation.

"I remember I was in that wheelchair, and she was 14 months and I had seen her take her first steps," he said. "And it inspired me to get out of the wheelchair and take my first steps."