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Tracy Morgan: 'I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused'

The ongoing legal battle over the June automobile collision that left comedian Tracy Morgan hospitalized and one colleague dead continues — and it doesn't sound like a settlement is on the horizon. Earlier this week, Walmart argued that the injuries sustained by Morgan when a Walmart truck collided with a limousine carrying him and other comedians "were caused, in whole or in part, by plaintiffs' failure to properly wear an appropriate available seatbelt restraint device."

The claim is a direct refutation of Morgan and the others injured in the collision, who are suing the retail giant for negligence over charges that the Walmart driver who sparked the six-car New Jersey Turnpike pileup was fatigued.

Walmart's argument isn't sitting well with Morgan, who issued a statement on Tuesday criticizing the retail giant. "After I heard what Walmart said in court I felt I had to speak out," he wrote. "I can't believe Walmart is blaming me for an accident that they caused. My friends and I were doing nothing wrong. I want to thank my fans for sticking with me during this difficult time. I love you all. I'm fighting hard every day to get back."