Tiger Woods has been injured after a roll-over traffic collision, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department says.
The LASD tweeted Woods, 45, was driving on the border of Rolling Hills Estates and Rancho Palos Verdes at around 7:15 a.m. when the car crashed, sustaining major damage.
They said Woods needed to be pulled from the wreckage with the “jaws of life” by firefighters and paramedics and transported to a local hospital.
Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, said the professional golf player had suffered multiple leg injuries and was currently undergoing surgery.
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“Tiger Woods was in a single-car accident this morning in California where he suffered multiple leg injuries. He is currently in surgery and we thank you for your privacy and support,” he said in a statement.
Emerging photos and video of the wreckage showed the overturned vehicle off the side of a road, with deployed airbags and significant damage to the car’s front and back ends.
The LASD said Woods was the sole occupant of the vehicle.
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Christopher Thomas, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told the Associated Press there was a second crash when a vehicle that had apparently stopped to help Woods got hit, adding that the wreck was very minor, and no one was hurt.
According to Golf Digest, Woods had been in L.A. for a two-day content shoot with the monthly magazine after hosting the PGA Tour’s Genesis Invitational, which took place between Feb. 18 and Feb. 21.
Woods’ golfing career was already on pause at the time of the crash. On Jan. 19, the 15-time major champion’s social media team tweeted that he needed back surgery after experiencing “discomfort” while playing at the PNC Championship in December.
They said he had undergone a “microdisectomy procedure to remove a pressurized disc fragment that was pinching his nerve” and was expected to make a full recovery.
More to come.
— With files from the Associated Press
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