Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously injured Tuesday in a one-car accident in Southern California, authorities mentioned.
Woods’ Genesis GV80 was going north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse street, on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, at about 7:12 a.m. PST when it crashed and sustained “main harm,” the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Division mentioned in an announcement.
Woods was aware when he was faraway from the automobile and was in secure situation, Los Angeles County Fireplace Chief Daryl Osby mentioned Tuesday at a press convention.
Deputies didn’t see any indicators of impairment once they arrived on the scene, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned on the similar press convention.
The reason for the crash is beneath investigation, however Villanueva mentioned that accidents weren’t unusual within the space because of the downhill slopes and curves on the street.
“Fortunately the inside was roughly intact, which gave him the cushion to outlive,” Villanueva mentioned. “In any other case, it might have been a deadly crash.”
Woods was the driving force and solely occupant of the automobile, the sheriff mentioned, and was rushed to a hospital. Authorities initially mentioned that Woods needed to be extricated from the automobile utilizing the Jaws of Life, however Osby clarified Tuesday that totally different instruments had 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 Middle. His agent, Mark Steinberg, informed NBC Information 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, informed reporters that Woods was not in a position to stand on his personal however was lucid and in a position to have a dialog with him. The deputy famous that Woods was carrying his seatbelt.
“I’ll say that it is very lucky that Mr. Woods was in a position to come out of this alive, as a result of that is an accident susceptible stretch of street,” Gonzalez mentioned. “We have seen a lot of accidents on this stretch of roadway.”
Photos of the crash scene confirmed the sports activities utility automobile on its aspect with the entrance finish nearly completely smashed aside.
Woods additionally crashed his automobile only a few days after Thanksgiving 2009 in Florida. The accident inadvertently revealed a bitter marital dispute with then-wife Elin Nordegren, as a number of girls came forward to admit to having extra-marital affairs with the famed golfer.
Woods hasn’t performed in a event this 12 months 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 within the sport’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.