(Updates with statement from Freeman)
LOS ANGELES Aug 7 Oscar winner Morgan Freeman
said he was feeling "real good" on Thursday after his release
from a Memphis, Tennessee, hospital where he was treated for
broken bones and other injuries from a weekend car crash.
Freeman, 71, lost control of the car he was driving late on
Sunday night near a home he keeps in Charleston, Mississippi,
and was airlifted to the trauma center of the Regional Medical
Center in Memphis, about 100 miles (160 km) away.
"I left the hospital today, just after 12 noon, Memphis
time," the co-star of the blockbuster Batman movie "The Dark
Knight" said in a brief statement.
"I'm doing very well. I feel real good."
He concluded by thanking hospital staff and well-wishers,
saying, "It's great to know people care about you."
Freeman's publicist, Donna Lee, said on Monday the actor
suffered a broken arm and elbow and "minor shoulder damage" but
was expected to make a full recovery after undergoing surgery.
The celebrity news TV show "Entertainment Tonight" reported
on its website that Freeman underwent surgery on Monday to
reconnect nerves and repair damage to his left arm and hand.
A passenger and owner of the car Freeman was driving, a
female friend identified as Demaris Meyer, was also injured,
but no information has been released regarding her condition.
Lee said Freeman and his wife of 24 years are in the midst
of a divorce and had been estranged for some time.
Police ruled out alcohol as a factor in the crash and said
it was possible Freeman had fallen asleep at the wheel when the
car careened off the highway and rolled over several times.
No other vehicle was involved and no citation was issued in
connection with the accident.
Freeman won an Oscar in 2005 for his supporting role in
Clint Eastwood's boxing drama "Million Dollar Baby." He also
earned Oscar nominations for his work in the films "Street
Smart," "Driving Miss Daisy" and "The Shawshank Redemption."
(Editing by Bob Tourtellotte and Todd Eastham)