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  • Woods suffered multiple leg injuries and underwent surgery Tuesday.
  • “It’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” police said.
  • Authorities said there was no evidence that Woods was impaired during the time of the accident, and the crash is still under investigation.

Authorities say golf legend Tiger Woods is lucky to be alive after he was seriously injured in a single-vehicle car crash early Tuesday morning near Los Angeles. 

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said Woods was traveling northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard in his 2021 Genesis GV80, a midsize SUV, when he drove over the center median into the southbound lanes, hit a tree and rolled the vehicle several times. 


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Photos of the accident showed the SUV badly damaged at the bottom of a grassy embankment. He was the only person in the SUV at the time, and authorities didn’t immediately know how fast Woods was driving in the 45 mph zone. 

Police say Woods was calm and responsive when the first LA County Sheriff’s deputy arrived on the scene, and he was in serious but stable condition. Firefighters had to extricate Woods from the vehicle using an axe and a tool for prying. Previously, authorities said the jaws of life were used to remove Woods from the vehicle. 

Woods suffered multiple leg injuries and underwent surgery Tuesday after he was transported to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. 

“Mr. Woods suffered significant orthopaedic injuries to his right lower extremity that were treated during emergency surgery by Orthopaedic trauma specialists at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a level 1 trauma center,” Anish Mahajan, the center’s chief medical officer and interim CEO, said in a statement.

“Comminuted open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula bones were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the bones of the foot and ankle were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft-tissue of the leg required surgical release of the covering of the muscles to relieve pressure due to swelling” Mahajan said. 

A statement from Wood’s twitter page says he is awake, responsive and recovering in the hospital. 

Authorities said there was no evidence that Woods was impaired during the time of the accident and the crash is still under investigation. 

Los Angeles County Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, the first deputy on the scene, said that the stretch of roadway is a “trouble spot” for car accidents and credited the type of vehicle and the fact Woods was wearing a seatbelt for saving his life. 

“It’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive,” Gonzalez said


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Published on Feb 24, 2021