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Actor Morgan Freeman was in "good spirits" in hospital after breaking his arm and elbow in a car crash, his spokesman said.

Morgan Freeman seriously injured in car crash

Morgan Freeman was in a "serious" condition in hospital last night after being injured in a high-speed car crash near his home in Mississippi.

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The Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman has been seriously injured in car accident in Mississippi.

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