Monday, August 4, 2008

Morgan Freeman In Serious Condition After Accident

According to reports, Morgan Freeman is in serious condition after being involved in a car accident in Mississippi late Sunday night. Along with him is another passenger whose name has not been released.

The 71-year-old Oscar winner, who currently costars in the blockbuster The Dark Knight, was driving in Tallahatchie County when the accident happened at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday, Mississippi Highway Patrol public affairs officer Sgt. Ben Williams tells PEOPLE.

Memphis station WMC-TV reports that, according to Williams, Freeman's 1997 Nissan Maxima was heading eastbound on Mississippi Highway 32 when the car went off the edge of the road and overturned several times before coming to a stop.

Once emergency crews – using the jaws of life – removed Freeman and the passenger, both were airlifted from the accident scene to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis, where a spokesperson says Freeman is currently in serious condition.

"All I can say is one word: His condition is 'serious,' " says Kathy Stringer, the hospital rep. She had no information on the other passenger.

Calls to Freeman's rep were not immediately returned.