Oscar Winning Actor Morgan Freeman in Surgery

By: CNN
By: CNN

MEMPHIS, Tenn. - Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman was in serious condition but in "good spirits" at a Tennessee hospital after being involved in a car wreck in northern Mississippi Sunday night, his business partner said.

Morgan Freeman was in serious condition after the 11:30pm rollover accident. Crews used the "jaws of life" to bring Freeman and his female passenger out of the 1997 Nissan Maxima he was driving.

Freeman is scheduled for surgery tonight, after he broke his left upper arm and suffered several other fractures and neck and shoulder injuries in the wreck, said Bill Luckett, an attorney from Clarksdale, Mississippi.

A woman who also was in the car was taken to the same hospital, said Angie Underwood, a spokeswoman for the Mississippi Highway Patrol. No information on her condition was released.

Freeman could need three to four months to recover, Luckett told reporters outside the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.

"He's in good spirits, but he's in some pain," said Luckett, who owns a restaurant and blues club with Freeman in Clarksdale.

Underwood said the wreck happened on a two-lane state highway about five miles west of Charleston, Mississippi, where Freeman has a home. Mississippi Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Ben Williams said Freeman was driving the Nissan, 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, according to the AP. Williams said Meyer was in the car, and that both she and Freeman were wearing seat belts, Williams said.

Clay McFerrin, editor of the Sun Sentinel in Charleston, Mississippi, told the AP that emergency personnel "had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle."

"He was lucid, conscious," McFerrin told the AP. "He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point."

McFerrin, who told the AP he arrived at the accident scene not long after the incident, said bystanders were trying to get a look at the actor.
When one person tried to snap a photo with a cell phone camera, Freeman joked, "no freebies, no freebies," McFerrin told the AP. The cause of the wreck is under investigation, Underwood said. Milla Borden, spokeswoman for the Memphis hospital, confirmed that Freeman was in serious condition there Monday.

Freeman was headed to his Charleston home when the wreck happened, said Luckett, who added that the woman in the car "is a mutual friend of ours."

Both had been at Luckett's home in Clarksdale -- about 35 miles northwest of the wreck site -- before the crash occurred, Luckett said.

Freeman won an Academy Award for best supporting actor in 2005 for his role in the gritty boxing film "Million Dollar Baby." He has been nominated for Oscars three other times, for the movies "Street Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Shawshank Redemption."

He's starring in two successful summer films, the hitman drama "Wanted" and the blockbuster "The Dark Knight."


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