Sixteen months after a devastating car accident left him in critical condition, Tracy Morgan is returning to Saturday Night Live. The former 30 Rock star will host the October 17 episode of the sketch-comedy show, which he appeared on for seven seasons.

Morgan’s limo was struck by a Walmart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike on June 7, 2014, killing comedian James McNair and critically injuring Morgan and three others. In early June, Morgan appeared on TV for the since the accident, telling the Today Show that he doesn’t remember the actual crash.

“When I got home, it really hit me,” he said. “Every day I would just watch the accident on YouTube. One day I saw [McNair’s] funeral on YouTube, and I lost it for about a week.”

Morgan, who suffered extensive physical and neurological injuries from the crash, sued Walmart and received an undisclosed settlement in May. The truck’s driver—who hadn’t slept in 28 hours at the time of the accident—faces charges of death by auto.

Two weeks ago, Morgan made a rare post-crash appearance, sitting front row at a Yankees-Red Sox game.

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