Freeman, 71, suffered a broken shoulder and a broken arm in the accident and elected to have surgery immediately on his arm.
Freeman and a passenger, Demaris Meyer, were traveling east on Mississippi 32 about five miles outside of Charleston when the vehicle went off the edge of the road. Freeman overcorrected, flipping the 1997 Nissan Maxima several times before coming to a rest.
Freeman and Meyer were wearing seat belts and were conscious when emergency crews arrived. A reporter on the scene soon after says that “They had to use the jaws of life to extract him from the vehicle. He was lucid, conscious. He was talking, joking with some of the rescue workers at one point.”
Apparently when Freeman noticed onlookers taking pictures with cell phones he joked “No freebies, no freebies.” The pair were then airlifted to a Memphis hospital.
Freeman’s business partner Bill Luckett says “He’s resting quietly and has some fractures. Nothing life-threatening. Nothing permanent. He’s in good spirits, but he’s in some pain.” The actor has estimated his recovery at six to eight weeks.
Meyer was treated for her injuries and released. Authorities have ruled out alcohol as a factor in the wreck.