Morgan Freeman remained in serious condition Tuesday with a broken arm and elbow after rescuers used a jaws-of-life machine to free him and a passenger from their car after it crashed on a stretch of rural Mississippi Delta highway this weekend.
Freeman, 71, and Demaris Meyer, 48, of Memphis, Tenn., were taken to the Regional Medical Center in Memphis following the accident in Tallahatchie County on Sunday night.
State troopers said the car careened off the highway and overturned twice before landing upright in a ditch.
Donna Lee, Freeman’s publicist, said the Oscar-winning actor, who underwent surgery late Monday, has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage “but is in good spirits.” Lee said “The Dark Knight” star is expected to make a full recovery.
Kathy Stringer, a spokeswoman at the Memphis hospital about 90 miles north of the accident, said Tuesday that no information, other than the listing of serious, would be released about Freeman.
Bill Luckett, a business partner with Freeman in the Ground Zero Blues Club chain, told The Commercial Appeal in Memphis that Meyer, whom he described as a friend, was “in better condition than Morgan.”
It wasn’t clear whether Meyer was being treated at the hospital.
Freeman, whose home is near Charleston about 5 miles from the accident, won an Oscar for his role in “Million Dollar Baby.” His screen credits also include “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Bucket List.”
Bill Rogers, 53, of Charleston told the Memphis newspaper that he saw the accident scene from his house on Mississippi Highway 32.
“I was watching TV, and I heard the skid,” Rogers said. “I looked out the window and saw the car flipping head over end.”
Rogers said he hurried to the scene and immediately recognized Freeman. He said he quickly returned to his home and notified authorities. When he returned to the accident scene, Meyer seemed alert, but Freeman “wasn’t totally coherent,” he said.