Tiger Woods was hospitalized in Palos Verdes, Calif., on the morning of February 23, for surgery following a single vehicle car accident in a Genesis GV80.
The details remain unknown, but the aftermath is already being covered. The LA County Sheriff calls this a traffic collision with a single vehicle. per CNN:
The report quotes a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff, who confirmed the 45-year-old golfer was neither hit nor hit by any other vehicle. The LA County Sheriff noted Woods had to be pulled out of the GV80 by the fire department, the LA Times reported:
Woods was the only occupant of a Genesis GV80 SUV driving north on Hawthorne Boulevard on Blackhorse Road when it crashed just after 7 a.m., authorities said. The vehicle suffered severe damage and Woods had to be rescued from the wreck by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel, sheriff officials said.
Sources said it had to be removed through the car’s windshield.
“Because of the situation and the way you found the vehicle, he was unable to open the door and get out,” said Henry Narvaez, LA County Fire Department spokesman. “We set him free; we helped him get out. “
The LA Times further notes that Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva claimed Woods was “lucky to be alive.” His car was 30 meters from the road where it landed. The LA Times also reports that he is in serious condition at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, citing an unnamed source that Woods’ injuries include a broken ankle.
We will update this story as we get more information.
TO UPDATE [Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 12:17 PM ET]:
The details of the crash and injury are brought to light and the accident was confirmed as a single vehicle collision. Autoblog described the incident as follows:
Woods was driving down a winding, sloping road through a coastal Los Angeles suburb when his SUV hit a sign, crossed a raised median and two counter lanes before tumbling down an embankment and stopping on its side.
Similar accidents have occurred in the area in the past and were usually associated with excessive speed.
Tiger Woods himself made a statement Twitter quoting H-UCLA’s Chief Medical Officer, Anish Mahajan, MD. Mahajan said the following about the injury Woods sustained in the crash:
Mr. Woods sustained significant orthopedic injuries to his right lower extremity treated by orthopedic trauma specialists during emergency surgery at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a Level 1 trauma center. Shattered open fractures affecting both the upper and lower portions of the tibia and fibula were stabilized by inserting a rod into the tibia. Additional injuries to the foot and ankle bones were stabilized with a combination of screws and pins. Trauma to the muscle and soft tissues of the leg required surgical release of the muscle envelope to relieve pressure from the swelling.
The statement went on to say Woods is available and recovering in the hospital, and the golfer thanked the first responders who provided assistance.