Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman is in a serious condition in hospital after being injured in a road accident.

The 71-year-old was airlifted last night from the accident site in the state of Mississippi, where he has a home, to the Regional Medical Center in Tennessee.

A hospital spokesman said the Memphis-born actor was in a serious condition but gave no details of his injuries.

Mississippi police said last night's accident occurred in Tallahatchie County, where Freeman has a home in Charleston.

Local media reported that Freeman's vehicle rolled over several times. TMZ.com, a celebrity website, said an unidentified female was also in the vehicle and her condition was unknown.