Golfing legend Tiger Woods was severely wounded Tuesday in a 1-automobile accident in Southern California, authorities reported.
Woods’ Genesis GV80 crashed and sustained “key injury” at 7:12 a.m. PT on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Section reported in a statement.
Woods was acutely aware and steady when he was taken off from the vehicle, Los Angeles County Hearth Main Daryl Osby said Tuesday at a information conference.
Deputies did not see any signs of impairment when they arrived at the scene, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva reported at the identical news meeting.
The cause of the crash, which transpired as Woods was heading north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Highway, is below investigation. Villanueva stated accidents are not uncommon in the place due to the fact of the downhill slopes and curves on the highway.
“Luckily, the interior was far more or less intact, which gave him the cushion to survive,” Villanueva stated. “Otherwise, it would have been a deadly crash.”
Woods, the driver and the only occupant of the vehicle, was rushed to a clinic, Villanueva reported. Authorities initially reported he had to be extricated from the auto with the Jaws of Daily life, but Osby clarified Tuesday that different tools had been utilised.
Woods experienced serious injuries to both of those legs when he was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. His agent, Mark Steinberg, mentioned Tuesday afternoon that Woods required surgical treatment for multiple leg injuries.
Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, a person of the very first responders to the scene, advised reporters that Woods could not stand on his have but that he was lucid and able to keep a discussion. Gonzalez included that Woods was carrying his seat belt.
“I will say that it really is pretty privileged that Mr. Woods was capable to occur out of this alive, for the reason that this is an incident-vulnerable extend of street,” Gonzalez mentioned. “We have seen a variety of incidents on this stretch of roadway.”
Photographs of the scene confirmed the sport utility auto on its aspect with its front finish nearly completely smashed apart.
Woods also crashed his auto just a couple of days right after Thanksgiving 2009 in Florida. The incident inadvertently revealed a bitter marital dispute with his then-spouse, Elin Nordegren, as a host of gals arrived ahead to acknowledge to acquiring experienced extramarital affairs with Woods. An HBO documentary very last thirty day period chronicled his meteoric rise and general public shaming in 2009 and 2010.
Woods, 45, who is dependent in Jupiter, Florida, was in Southern California in excess of the weekend for the Genesis Invitational, which benefits his foundation. He is recovering from again surgery in December, his fifth this sort of procedure, and has not played in a match this 12 months.
Woods is regarded as a single of the finest golfers in heritage. He has won 82 tournaments, tied for the most in a vocation with Sam Snead, and he has won 15 big championships, next only to Jack Nicklaus.
Rex Hoggard contributed.