LOS ANGELES – Golfer Tiger Woods is in critical however secure situation after struggling accidents to each legs in a site visitors accident on Tuesday morning, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officers mentioned.
“Fortunately the inside was more-or-less intact, which gave him the cushion to outlive what would have been a deadly crash,” Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned in a information convention Tuesday afternoon.
Woods was alone driving an SUV about 7:15 a.m. when the automobile struck the middle median of a winding residential road, traveled a number of hundred toes and rolled over a number of occasions after going off the pavement, Villanueva mentioned. A resident of close by Rancho Palos Verdes referred to as 911.
County firefighters and paramedics used a pry bar and an ax to extricate Woods, 45, by the automobile’s windshield, county Hearth Chief Daryl Osby mentioned.
“Tiger was trapped contained in the automobile,” Osby mentioned, including that Woods was carrying a seatbelt. “He was taken from the automobile with C collar (a neck brace) and backboard for spinal precautions.”
Though accident investigators should look at proof additional, “there was no proof of impairment at the moment,” Villanueva mentioned in response to a query about drug or alcohol use.
Moreover, Villanueva mentioned Woods gave the impression to be touring at a “comparatively better velocity than regular” and famous that accidents on the street had been “not unusual” as a result of that downhill street has “slopes and curves, that space has a excessive frequency of accidents.”
Villanueva added there have been “no skid marks, no braking. So apparently the primary contact was with the middle median, and from there then crossed into the opposing lane of site visitors, hit a curve, hit a tree, and there have been a number of rollovers in that course of.”
Officers haven’t decided a reason behind the crash. Woods was acutely aware when faraway from the automobile, authorities mentioned.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, told ESPN in an announcement that the golfer suffered “a number of leg accidents,” and was in surgical procedure Tuesday afternoon. Representatives for Harbor-UCLA Medical Middle didn’t reply to a request for an replace.
Woods was in Los Angeles over the weekend internet hosting the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational at Riviera Nation Membership within the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles. Stay footage from Los Angeles broadcasters confirmed a Genesis Invitational brand on the door of the destroyed SUV.
Woods has been sidelined from golf after present process again surgical procedure in current months and, earlier than Tuesday’s accident, had been anticipated to be out for a number of extra months to recuperate.
In an interview on Sunday through the closing spherical of the match, Woods instructed CBS that he was “feeling high quality, just a little stiff. … I’m nonetheless within the health club, nonetheless doing the mundane stuff you must do for rehab.”
Woods is extensively thought-about one of many biggest golfers ever and boasts 82 wins on the PGA Tour, together with 15 majors. Woods’ most up-to-date main victory got here within the 2019 Masters Match, which was his first victory in a serious match in additional than a decade.
The Orange County, California, native has been concerned in two notable automotive accidents beforehand. In 2009, whereas backing out of his Orlando residence, he hit a hearth hydrant and tree in the course of the evening and needed to be rushed to the hospital, ESPN reported.
Then in 2017, Woods was arrested in Florida after officers discovered him asleep on the wheel and was discovered to have a number of medication in his system on the time, CNN reported.
Woods has not competed within the Waste Administration Phoenix Open in Scottsdale since 2015, however has had a variety of memorable moments competing within the match previously, together with a hole-in-one on TPC Scottsdale’s well-known gap 16 in 1997.