Morgan Freeman, currently starring in two summer movies 'Wanted' and 'The Dark Knight' was said to be in serious condition in a hospital in Memphis, Tennessee but in 'good spirit'. Freeman, 71 years old, suffers from fracture on his left upper arm and several other fractures along with neck and shoulder injuries.
Morgan Freeman was heading to his home in Charleston, Mississippi when the car accident happened Sunday Aug 3, 2008 on state highway five miles west of Charleston, Mississippi. Highway patrol man Sgt. Ben Williams said that Morgan 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.
He was born in Memphis, Tenn., but spent much of his childhood in the Mississippi Delta. He is a co-owner of the Ground Zero Blues Club in Clarksdale.
The hospital where Freeman is being treated is commonly known as The Med, and is an acute-care teaching facility that serves patients within 150 miles of Memphis.
article source : Yahoo News
DCRJ say on this: I can't help but notice that stars in 'The Dark Knight' encountered mishaps after mishaps in a span of 7 months since Heath Ledger died last January. Christian Bale was charged with assault allegedly against his mother and sister in the last week of July, now Morgan Freeman in a car wreck mishap. Could this be 'The Dark Knight' Jinx ? yeah, the film is on its way to becoming the money-making film of all time but obviously left some mishaps among the top stars of the film. I remember the 1956 film 'Rebel Without A Cause', its stars died violently, James Dean died in a car accident, Natalie Wood died of drowning and Sal Mineo was stabbed to death inside an elevator!
Here's a video from 24 Oras reporting the MORGAN FREEMAN Mishap, recorded and uploaded to YouTube by DCRJ, August 5, 2008
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