Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman was said to be in “good spirits” in hospital after breaking his arm and elbow in a car crash on Sunday night.

The Oscar-winning actor was airlifted to the Regional Medical Centre in Memphis, Tennessee, where his condition was described as “serious” following the crash on a highway in rural Mississippi.

Freeman’s publicist Donna Lee said he: “has a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder damage, but is in good spirits.”

The 71-year-old is expected to make a “good” recovery, she told showbiz website TMZ.com.

Highway Patrol spokesman Sergeant Ben Williams said Freeman was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima which belonged to Demaris Meyer, of Memphis, when the car left a rural highway and overturned several times.

“There’s no indication that either alcohol or drugs were involved,” Mr Williams said.

He added that both Freeman and Ms Meyer were wearing seatbelts. There was still no information on Ms Meyer’s condition, he said.

The crash happened north of the small town of Ruleville in rural Tallahatchie County in the Mississippi Delta.

Freeman was airlifted from the accident scene to the hospital, around 90 miles away in Memphis, Tennessee, where he is being treated.

The actor, who won an Oscar in 2005 for his role in Million Dollar Baby, lives near Charleston with his wife, Myrna, on a 126-acre ranch.