ESPN reports that Tiger Woods suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries after his single-car accident in Los Angeles on Tuesday.
Woods, 45, suffered crush injuries to both of his lower legs, including a compound fracture and shattered ankle. According to sources, he was in surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center.
The champion golfer first made contact with the median and then crossed over two southbound lanes. According to Alex Villanueva of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, he then hit a curb, trees, and then the vehicle rolled over several times.
Following the crash, Woods was rescued from his vehicle using a pry bar and ax, according to the sheriff’s department. It was initially reported that the jaws of life were used, but that was not the case. Villanueva said Woods was conscious and able to communicate with first responders when they arrived on the scene around 7:18 a.m.
Deputy Carlos Gonzalez said that it is common for accidents to occur in the area where Woods crashed his 2021 Genesis. He sometimes catches people traveling around 80 mph in the 45 mph zone.
“I will say that it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” Gonzalez said.
Another car, which stopped along the side of the road to help Woods, was struck by another vehicle coming over the hill, but there were no injuries.