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UM Alum, No. 1 New York Times Bestseller Greg Iles Injured in Car Accident

from the Daily Mississippian by Cain Madden

Following a car accident in his hometown of Natchez, author Greg Iles was airlifted to the University of Mississippi Medical Center Monday night where he is reportedly in critical condition.

Iles, 50, who graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983, went into surgery with internal bleeding in his aorta, and UMMC doctors were able to stabilize him, Adams County Sheriff Chuck Mayfield said.

Iles went in for another surgery on his leg Tuesday afternoon, Mayfield said.

“His right foot was pretty much shattered,” Mayfield said. “They also found a fracture in his pelvis and some broken ribs.”

Iles was turning his Audi sedan onto U.S. 61 South, when a white Ford truck driven by 19-year-old Brook Moore ran into the driver’s side of Iles’ car, Mayfield said.

“Audi sedans are tough cars,” Mayfield said.

“It had side airbags which ejected due to the force, and I’m sure that helped save his life.”

Mayfield said that based on reports from UMMC doctors, he felt like Iles would recover.

“I don’t think anything was life threatening, now that they have his aorta repaired,” Mayfield said.

“I think he will just need a period of recuperation.”

Moore was also transported by ambulance to UMMC, and Mayfield said she had a collapsed lung, broken ribs and a broken ankle.

Iles is a No. 1 New York Times bestselling author, and his most recent work is “The Devil’s Punchbowl.”

Iles has written other books including “The Quiet Game” and “Turning Angel.”