By Terrance Turner
Feb. 23, 2021
Golf legend Tiger Woods has been hospitalized after a rollover car accident in Los Angeles. The L.A. County Sheriff’s Department says that the single-car accident happened around 7:12 AM and that Woods had to be cut out of the car using the jaws of life. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance. The vehicle sustained major damage, the sheriff’s department said. Woods was the only occupant of the vehicle, per the department.
“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries,” his manager Mark Steinberg, said. “He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support.” The Spectator Index is saying that Woods suffered leg fractures and is currently in surgery.
UPDATE (6:33 PM): A press conference was held roughly an hour ago. Authorities told reporters that Woods was traveling north on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road when he crashed. Sheriff Alex Villanueva said Woods was traveling at a “relatively greater speed than normal” descending down a hill, noting that the area “has a high frequency of accidents.” The sheriff said there were no skid marks and no signs of braking, adding that the golfer’s vehicle hit the center divider, a curb and a tree in the rollover crash.
The windshield had to be removed to free Woods from the vehicle. He was taken to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center by ambulance; he is in serious condition, the Fire Department said. His injuries included a shattered ankle and two leg fractures, one of which was compound, according to a source quoted by the Los Angeles Times. His injuries were non-life-threatening. At this point, there are no signs of impairment or DUI on Woods’ part. He was awake and lucid when approached, authorities said. He was able to identify himself and the vehicle (a 2021 Genesis SUV).
UPDATE (9:37 pm): Dr. Sanjay Gupta appeared on “Anderson Cooper 360” to discuss the medical impact of the crash. Gupta stated that Woods suffered a compound fracture, which means that the broken bone may have broken through the skin (!!!). Also, he was transported to a trauma center and not the closest hospital, indicating that responders were not concerned about his ability to survive the car ride. That would be a good sign — an indication that Woods’ injuries were serious but not life-threatening.
An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
This is a developing story. Check back for more updates.