Morgan Freeman in serious accident

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Hat Tip: By HOLBROOK MOHR, Associated Press Writer

Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is in a hospital in Memphis, Tenn., on Monday after being injured in a car accident near his home in Mississippi.

Regional Medical Center spokeswoman Kathy Stringer said Freeman, 71, is in serious condition. The hospital is about 90 miles north of the accident scene in rural Tallahatchie County in the Mississippi Delta.

Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ben Williams said Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima belonging to Demaris Meyer of Memphis when the car left a rural highway and flipped several times shortly before midnight Sunday.

“There’s no indication that either alcohol or drugs were involved,” Williams said. He said both Freeman and Meyer were wearing seat belts. The woman’s condition was not immediately available.

Freeman was airlifted to the hospital in Tennessee.

Clay McFerrin, editor of Sun Sentinel in Charleston, said he arrived at the accident scene on Mississippi Highway 32 soon after it happened about 5 miles west of Charleston, not far from where Freeman owns a home with his wife.

McFerrin said it appeared that Freeman’s car was airborne when it left the highway and landed in a ditch.

“They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle,” McFerrin said. “He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”

McFerrin said bystanders converged on the scene trying to get a glimpse of the actor.

When one person tried to snap a photo with a cell phone camera, Freeman joked, “no freebies, no freebies,” McFerrin said.

Freeman won an Oscar for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” His screen credits also include “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Dark Knight,” now in theaters.

6 thoughts on “Morgan Freeman in serious accident

  1. Melissa Stewart

    He is now getting divorced. His wife filed for divorce. Pretty much, the brother was caught with his mistress, the unidentified white woman in the passenger seat of the car (he was driving her car). I thought that their was something strange about the whole thing and I believe that my suspicions have been confirmed. He is having one bad week.

    I will keep him in my prayers now and talk about how trifflin he is later.

  2. When one person tried to snap a photo with a cell phone camera, Freeman joked, “no freebies, no freebies,” McFerrin said.

    Now that is just disgusting. A man is in a serious car accident and instead of helping people are taking pictures..what is this world coming to.

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