Tiger Woods was involved in a serious car accident Tuesday morning in Los Angeles that required him to be removed from his SUV by the local fire department. He suffered injuries to both legs and was in surgery Tuesday afternoon.
Here is everything we know about the Woods accident via information the L.A. Sheriff’s Department provided to reporters Tuesday afternoon. We will update this story as more information becomes available.
Woods was involved in a serious accident, was wearing seatbelt
The accident happened just after 7 a.m. Tuesday on Hawthorne Blvd. near Rolling Hills Estates. A neighbor alerted local authorities at 7:12 a.m. First responders found Woods in the driver’s seat wearing his seatbelt.
Woods was conscious, had to be extricated from car by authorities
When first responders reached Woods he was conscious but unable to remove himself from the vehicle. He was “lucid and calm,” according to Deputy Carlos Gonzalez. The L.A. Fire Department arrived at 7:28 a.m. and worked to extricate Woods from the vehicle. Despite earlier reports, the Jaws of Life was not employed, but the fire department did use various tools to remove the windshield from the vehicle and safely remove Woods.
‘No evidence of impairment’
Woods has been involved in multiple car accidents, one of those, in 2017, involving a DUI. Authorities on the scene said that Woods showed “no evidence of impairment.”
Woods was unable to stand under his own volition
According to Gonzalez, Woods was unable to stand on his own and according to Fire Chief Daryl Osby, Woods was placed on a backboard and loaded into an ambulance for transportation to Harbor-UCLA Medical Hospital, approximately 8 miles from the accident scene.
Woods was taken into surgery for multiple leg injuries
Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg confirmed that Woods was “in surgery,” and authorities said Woods had injured both of his legs. It is unclear the extent of the injuries, but LASD Lt. Michael White confirmed they were not life-threatening.
No one else was injured in the accident
Woods’ accident was a single-car accident and Woods was the only person in the vehicle. The Sheriff’s Dept. did note that a secondary accident took place from onlookers but that no one was injured.
‘Very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive’
Deputy Gonzalez said he has seen many collisions and even fatal accidents in the area where Woods’ accident took place. One of the final answers from his press conference outlined the severity of the crash.
“The nature of his vehicle, the fact that he was wearing his seatbelt, I would say it greatly increased the likelihood it saved his life,” Gonzalez said. “I’ve been doing this for a while and I’ve seen fatal traffic collisions, so I will say it’s very fortunate that Mr. Woods was able to come out of this alive.”
The road he was traveling on is a steep hill
Hawthorne Blvd. is considered a “steep” road by locals and very much a “trouble spot” by law enforcement, police said Tuesday. While the posted speed limit is 45 mph, Deputy Gonzalez said he has seen cars traveling in excess of 80 mph on that stretch. Woods was heading northbound (down the hill) when his vehicle crossed the median, taking out a sign before hitting the opposing curb and rolling over in brush across the southbound side of the road.
Woods was in the area following the Genesis Invitational
Woods was the host of the Genesis Invitational, which concluded at L.A.’s Riviera County Club on Sunday, and was on hand to congratulate champion Max Homa. Woods remained in the vicinity in the following days for a video shoot.