- February 24, 2021 8:45am
- JACK AUSTIN
- Source: FOX SPORTS
Tiger Woods has been rushed to hospital in Los Angeles following a horror car crash that saw him cut from the wreckage with the “jaws of life”.
According to the LA Times, Woods was travelling at a “high rate of speed” and lost control of his vehicle and crossed the central divider.
His SUV Genesis GV8O rolled multiple times off the road before coming to a stop on its side.
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Aerial images of the scene show the front of the car crumpled up and debris strewn around the crash site.
Police initially said Woods was cut from the wreckage with the “jaws of life” but subsequent reports have suggested emergency services pulled him through the car’s windshield.
There will be a press conference with the LA police department at 10am (AEDT).
The road where the incident took place is a curvy one with a very steep decline and even contains some sand-filled bailout areas for out-of-control vehicles to pull out on.
Woods was taken to hospital via ambulance and is currently in surgery after “multiple leg injuries”.
His condition was originally being described as ‘moderate to critical’ but CBS is reporting his status is now “non-life threatening”.
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According to ESPN reporter Michael Eaves, local police sources said that the initial report from the accident indicated the possibility of Woods having suffered multiple leg fractures and that they were “significant”.
Police are looking at nearby camera footage to see if another car or something else pulled out in front of him, causing him to lose control of the vehicle.
LA County Fire Department spokesman Henry Narvaez suggested that Woods was conscious when the emergency services arrived.
“Because of the situation and the way that you found the vehicle, he wasn’t able to open the door and come out,” he said.
“We extricated him; we helped assist him out of the vehicle.”
A police statement read: “On February 23, 2021, at approximately 7:12 AM, LASD responded to a single vehicle roll-over traffic collision on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Ranchos Palos Verdes.
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“The vehicle was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard, at Blackhorse Road, when it crashed. The vehicle sustained major damage.
“The driver and sole occupant was identified as PGA golfer, Eldrick ‘Tiger’ Woods,” officials confirmed.
“Mr. Woods was extricated from the wreck with the ‘jaws of life’ by Los Angeles County firefighters and paramedics, then transported to a local hospital by ambulance for his injuries.”
A statement from Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said: “Tiger Woods was involved in a signel-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries.
“He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.”
SOLO VEHICLE ACCIDENT | Hawthorne Blvd. x Palos Verdes Dr. N. #RollingHillsEstates | Units dispatched at 0722 & found a single vehicle rollover. One, adult male was assisted out of the vehicle & transported to a local area hospital in serious condition.#LACoFD— L.A. County Fire Department (@LACoFDPIO) February 23, 2021
Woods is currently recovering from a fifth major back surgery and over the weekend told CBS that he was awaiting the results of an upcoming MRI scan before he could ramp up training ahead of a return to competition.
“I’m feeling fine. I’m a little stiff,” Woods said. “I have one more MRI scheduled so we’ll see if the annulus is scarred over finally and then I can start doing more activities.
“Still in the gym, still doing the mundane stuff that you have to do for rehab, the little things where I can start gravitating toward something more.”
He last competed with his son Charlie at the PNC Championship in December and then underwent a microdiscectomy procedure to remove a pressurised disk fragment that was pinching a nerve. It was his first back surgery since April 2017.
He was in LA for a two-day content shoot with Golf Digest and GOLFTV after hosting the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational over the weekend.
He was with NBA legend Dwayne Wade and Hollywood actor and comedian David Spade at the Rolling Hills Country Club but with his movement still restricted after back surgery, he did not hit any balls or play any holes.
He is believed to have been travelling for day two of the shoot when the accident happened.