Notwithstanding the success of his latest big screen project "The Dark Knight" on the market, Morgan Freeman has just had an unfortunate experience on his life. The Oscar-winning actor was seriously injured in a car accident late Sunday night, August 3 in Mississippi.
The 71-year-old movie star was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima, belonging to his female passenger, identified as Demaris Meyer of Memphis, when the accident happened at about 11:30 P.M. Sunday. He was heading eastbound on Mississippi Highway 32 when suddenly lost control of the vehicle he was driving, causing it to go off the edge of the road and roll over for several times before coming to a stop.
Rescue crews needed the jaws of life to free Freeman and Meyer from the car because its doors had jammed as it rolled off the road. Authorities, nevertheless, described the accident as "just a typical accident" considering that it happened "on a dark road, it was late, this portion of the highway is rural."
Per authorities there were no signs of alcohol or drugs being involved. Both Freeman and Meyer were said to be wearing their seatbelts when the accident happened, but that didn't prevent the actor from suffering serious injury. Rescue crews were quick to airlift the twosome from the accident scene to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, where Freeman is currently undergoing treatment.
While Meyer's condition was not immediately available, a hospital spokeswoman said Freeman was in serious condition but would not discuss his injuries. "All I can say is one word: His condition is 'serious,'" Kathy Stringer, the hospital representative said.
Freeman's publicist has an update of his latest condition. The publicist confirms, "Morgan has a broken arm, elbow and has minor shoulder damage but was in good spirits when I spoke with him a short time ago at the Elvis Presley Memorial Trauma Center at the Med, a Level 1 Trauma Center at the Regional Medical Center at Memphis."
The publicist furthermore adds, "He is having a little bit of surgery this afternoon or tomorrow to help correct the damage. He says he'll be OK and is looking forward to a full recovery."
Freeman and his wife, Myrna Colley-Lee, have a home in the town of Charleston, about 4 miles from the accident scene.