Bestselling author Greg Iles had emergency surgery for injuries he sustained in a two car accident in his home town, Natchez. According to an email circulating on the web, the author ‘The Devil’s Punchbowl’ and other novels has had the lower portion of his right leg amputated. He was also treated at the Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson for an injury to his aorta (the large blood vessel that returns blood to the heart), and a broken femur and broken pelvis. The driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident, Amanda Freeman, also underwent extensive surgery but is reportedly now at home in recovery.
On the night of March 7, Iles was involved in a car accident on Highway 61 - ‘the Blues Highway’ that runs through Mississippi from New Orleans - that was described as a T-bone: the other vehicle apparently struck him at speed on the driver’s side of Iles’ vehicle. According to the email, Iles has significant damage to his right foot, left ankle and femur. He was airlifted from Natchez to Jackson following the accident. At the medical center in Jackson, Iles was placed on a ventilator, sedated, and transferred to the ICU for recovery. He subsequently underwent surgery to amputate a portion of his right leg below the knee. While he is reportedly still under sedation, Iles is expected to recover from his injuries and subsequent surgeries.
Iles is a graduate of Trinity High School of Natchez and the University of Mississippi. He published his first novel ‘Spandau Phoenix’ in 1993. A former professional musician, Iles published his 13th novel ‘The Devil’s Punchbowl,’ which is now available in paperback. He is a member of a rock group called ‘The Rock Bottom Remainders,’ which includes other acclaimed authors.