Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday in a one-car accident in Southern California, authorities mentioned.
Woods’ Genesis GV80 crashed and sustained “major damage,” at 7:12 a.m. PST on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department mentioned in an announcement.
Woods was aware and in steady situation when he was faraway from the car, Los Angeles County Fire Chief Daryl Osby mentioned Tuesday at a information convention.
Deputies didn’t see any indicators of impairment once they arrived on the scene, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned on the identical information convention.
The explanation for the crash is below investigation, however Villanueva mentioned that accidents weren’t unusual in the realm due to the downhill slopes and curves on the highway. Woods crashed whereas heading north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse highway.
“Thankfully the interior was more or less intact, which gave him the cushion to survive,” Villanueva mentioned. “Otherwise, it would have been a fatal crash.”
Woods was the driving force and solely occupant of the car, the sheriff mentioned, and was rushed to a hospital. Authorities initially mentioned that the athlete needed to be extricated from the car with the Jaws of Life, however Osby clarified Tuesday that totally different instruments have been used to assist take away him from the wreckage.
Woods had severe accidents to each legs when he was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His agent, Mark Steinberg, advised NBC News on Tuesday afternoon that Woods required surgical procedure for a number of leg accidents.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, one of many first responders to the scene, advised reporters that Woods couldn’t stand on his personal however was lucid and capable of maintain a dialog. The deputy added that Woods was carrying his seatbelt.
“I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive, because this is an accident-prone stretch of road,” Gonzalez mentioned. “We’ve seen a number of accidents on this stretch of roadway.”
Images of the crash scene confirmed the sports activities utility car on its aspect with the entrance finish virtually completely smashed aside.
Woods additionally crashed his car just some days after Thanksgiving 2009 in Florida. The accident inadvertently revealed a bitter marital dispute with then-wife Elin Nordegren, as a number of ladies came forward to admit to having extra-marital affairs with the famed golfer.
Woods hasn’t performed in a match this yr and is recovering from again surgical procedure in December, his fifth such operation.
An HBO documentary last month chronicled Woods’ meteoric rise and public shaming in 2009 and 2010.
Woods is taken into account one of many best golfers in the game’s historical past. His 82 tournament wins is tied for many in a profession with Sam Snead, and his 15 majors is second only to Jack Nicklaus.
Rex Hoggard contributed.