LOS ANGELES COUNTY (KXAN/AP) — Tiger Woods was injured in a single-vehicle roll-over crash Tuesday morning in Los Angeles County, the county sheriff’s office said.
On the department’s Twitter account, officials said the crash happened at 7:12 a.m. on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, south of Redondo Beach and west of Long Beach in Southern California.
Woods was alone in the SUV when it crashed into a raised median, crossed two oncoming lanes and rolled several times, authorities said at a news conference. Police said Woods was alert as firefighters pried open the front windshield to get him out.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the airbags deployed and the inside of the SUV stayed mostly intact, which “gave him a cushion to survive the crash.”
First responders had to use the “jaws of life” to extricate Woods from the vehicle.
Woods’ team released a statement on social media late Tuesday night. Dr. Anish Mahajan, Chief Medical Officer and Interim CEO at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center said, “Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery. He is currently awake, responsive and recovering in his hospital room.”
Woods suffered compound fractures of his tibia and fibula in his right leg and the covering of his muscles needed to be cut to relieve swelling. He also broke bones in his foot and ankle. Doctors placed a rod in his leg and pins and screws in his ankle to help stabilize the bones.
There was no immediate evidence that Woods was impaired. Authorities said they checked for any odor of alcohol or other signs he was under the influence of a substance and found none. They didn’t say how fast he was driving.