Golf legend Tiger Woods was seriously hurt Tuesday in a a single-auto incident in Southern California, authorities explained.
Woods’ Genesis GV80 crashed and sustained “main damage” at 7:12 a.m. PT on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department explained in a statement.
Woods was mindful and stable when he was removed from the car or truck, Los Angeles County Fireplace Main Daryl Osby reported Tuesday at a news convention.
Deputies did not see any signs of impairment when they arrived at the scene, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva mentioned at the same news convention.
The lead to of the crash, which transpired as Woods was heading north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road, is beneath investigation. Villanueva explained mishaps are not uncommon in the area mainly because of the downhill slopes and curves on the highway.
“Luckily, the inside was more or significantly less intact, which gave him the cushion to endure,” Villanueva claimed. “Normally, it would have been a deadly crash.”
Woods, the driver and the only occupant of the vehicle, was rushed to a healthcare facility, Villanueva mentioned. Authorities in the beginning reported he experienced to be extricated from the car or truck with the Jaws of Lifestyle, but Osby clarified Tuesday that various applications were being utilised.
Woods had serious injuries to both legs when he was taken to Harbor-UCLA Clinical Center. His agent, Mark Steinberg, reported Tuesday afternoon that Woods expected operation for a number of leg accidents.
Sheriff’s Deputy Carlos Gonzalez, just one of the initially responders to the scene, advised reporters that Woods could not stand on his very own but that he was lucid and ready to keep a conversation. Gonzalez additional that Woods was donning his seat belt.
“I will say that it is very fortuitous that Mr. Woods was capable to come out of this alive, because this is an accident-inclined stretch of street,” Gonzalez claimed. “We have found a range of accidents on this stretch of roadway.”
Illustrations or photos of the scene showed the sport utility auto on its side with its front stop virtually fully smashed aside.
Woods also crashed his car just a number of times following Thanksgiving 2009 in Florida. The accident inadvertently uncovered a bitter marital dispute with his then-wife, Elin Nordegren, as a host of gals arrived ahead to admit to obtaining experienced extramarital affairs with Woods. An HBO documentary past month chronicled his meteoric rise and general public shaming in 2009 and 2010.
Woods, 45, who is dependent in Jupiter, Florida, was in Southern California around the weekend for the Genesis Invitational, which benefits his basis. He is recovering from back surgical treatment in December, his fifth these kinds of operation, and has not played in a match this calendar year.
Rex Hoggard contributed.