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Morgan Freeman Hospitalized After Car Accident

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

A hospital spokesperson says the 71-year-old actor is in "serious condition" but in "good spirits".

Reports indicate that the accident happened about eight kilometres west of Charleston, not far from where Freeman owns a home. It appears Freeman's car was airborne and flipped when it left the highway and landed in a ditch.

Clay McFerrin, from the 'Sun Sentinel', who was at the scene, says rescue workers had to "use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle." But the good news is Freeman was "lucid, conscious" and even talking and joking with the rescue workers at one point. When bystanders saw the accident and tried to get a photo of the actor and the crash scene, Freeman joked, "no freebies, no freebies."

He was airlifted to the hospital in Tennessee and there is no indication that alcohol or drugs were involved. A police spokesperson added it was a good thing Freeman was wearing a seat belt or it could have been a lot worse.

August 4, 2008 |

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